In honor of Memorial Day this week our Veterans Coming Home Series Producer Michael Hansen has the story of an Army Veteran who on a visit to a cemetery found a gravesite almost entirely overgrown with sod & moss. When he peeled it back, he discovered it was a veteran’s marker. That’s how Carl Benware’s mission, and his project called “Remembering Our Heroes” began. Carl and an army of volunteers now work to restore the gravesites of hundreds of veterans in the North Country. They are looking for volunteers to help clean headstones and markers at the Old Post Cemetery near the former Air Force Base in Plattsburgh on Saturday, May 26th from 9am-4pm. If you’d like to volunteer, you can reach out to Carl through his “Remembering Our Heroes” Facebook page: Info/Volunteer Old Post Cemetery May 26th 9-4: www.facebook.com/Carlbenware44/
Veterans Coming Home: This week’s cover story is part of our ongoing commitment to Veterans called Veterans Coming Home. It’s an innovative public media campaign that explores the lives of veterans after they return home, including the challenges they face. You can hear their inspiring stories and learn how our communities are responding to their needs.
We are pleased to announce that producer Michael Hansen has been honored with Emmy nominations for three of his Veterans Coming Home stories, A Vietnam Vet who is finding therapy in building his own home in the Adirondacks, a Vet struggling with P-T-S-D who with the help of a service dog has found a voice to share with others, and Veterans who are sharing their stories and experiences through the pages of a comic book they created.
You can watch all of our Veterans Coming Home series on our digital platforms at www.mountainlake.org/vets
Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with local support from the Cloudsplitter Foundation and Casella Resource Solutions.