On this day, our country pauses to honor the men and women who have made their top priority the security of our nation. This year AFN will pay tribute to those who have returned from deployment but are experiencing challenges living a productive and meaningful life.
The centerpiece of AFN’s commemorative Veterans Day specials is the Homeward Bound Telethon, beginning at 3pm CET/JKT on AFN|spectrum. This fundraiser aims to improve the lives of returning military service men and women, including those affected by traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychological health conditions. Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host this four-hour national telethon with phone banks manned by veterans, celebrities, and dignitaries. The broadcast will feature celebrities, music and comedy entertainment, telethon results, profiles of various charities, and a great number of veterans telling personal stories behind their dramatic armed forces experiences abroad which led them to come home with PTSD and TBI. Leading up to the telethon, AFN|spectrum has a full schedule for the day:
MONDAY on AFN|spectrum
Coming Home – 8am CET/JKT
We will start the day with encore episodes of the popular Coming Home series. This touching show gets close and personal with military family reunions of parents returning home from deployment.
The Brokaw Files: Return to D-Day – 12pm CET/JKT
Newsman Tom Brokaw revisits his most memorable moments from decades in broadcasting in this series, which begins with a 2004 report from Normandy and conversations with three Americans who took part in the Allies’ D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
The Brokaw Files: The Greatest Generation – 1pm CET/JKT
Inspired by a trip to Normandy on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, Brokaw became fascinated by the cultural shifts that occurred as WWII soldiers returned home to America to rebuild their lives and their nation before passing the torch to the next generation. Now, Brokaw reflects on the modern-day effort to document heroic and untold stories of this generation and the importance of preserving the rich history of a defining era.
National Salute to Veterans – 2pm CET/JKT
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host the inaugural broadcast of the National Salute to Veterans, celebrating all our American heroes who have served throughout our country’s history. The National Salute to Veterans will feature new footage shot at the U.S. Capitol with Mantegna and Sinise, as well as the “best of the best” moments from past National Memorial Day concerts. The all-star line-up includes Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), Forest Whitaker, Pia Toscano, Kris Allen, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter and Yolanda Adams, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Homeward Bound – 3pm CET/JKT
Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host Homeward Bound, (HomewardBoundTelethon.org) a live four-hour national telethon to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Presented by Haven from the Storm and broadcast by the Military Channel, the telethon will be broadcast from the historic American Legion Hall #43 in Hollywood. Haven From the Storm founder
Leonard Wilf commented, “It’s important to recognize the valiant contributions made by brave American soldiers, veterans who protect our country, and return home with PTSD and TBI. This cause is in my heart and I suspect that’s true for many Americans who care.”
People® is teaming up with Homeward Bound because of the magazine’s commitment to providing assistance to men and women who served in the military. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to one of People’s charities, Operation Finally Home, which has built more than 30 custom-designed mortgage free homes for wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fall in an effort to get their lives back on track to become productive members of their communities.
Haven From the Storm was established to support returning service people, address the particular problems faced by vets today, aid in their recovery and provide assistance for their re-entry back into productive society. Established in 2012 by Leonard Wilf, Connie Francis and Bruce Charet, and registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity, Haven From the Storm will engage in fundraising activities to benefit returning service men and women. The Homeward Bound Telethon is one such activity, and the Haven From The Storm Foundation will continue to offer funding to many reputable charities.
Alongside AFN|spectrum’s lineup, AFN|movie will offer a full day of features to compliment the day:
MONDAY on AFN|movie
Miracle at St. Anna – 9am CET/JKT
Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. Stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy.
Windtalkers – 11:30am CET/JKT
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. Stars Nicholas Cage, Adam Beach.
Rescue Dawn – 2pm CET/JKT
A US Fighter pilot’s epic struggle of survival after being shot down on a mission over Laos during the Vietnam War. Stars Christian Bale, Steve Zahn.
G.I. Jane – 4:30pm CET/JKT
A female Senator succeeds in enrolling a woman into Combined Reconnaissance Team training where everyone expects her to fail. Stars Demi Moore, Viggo Mortenson, Anne Bancroft.
The Hurt Locker – 7pm CET/JKT
Forced to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse in the chaos of war, an elite Army bomb squad unit must come together in a city where everyone is a potential enemy and every object could be a deadly bomb. Stars Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie.
Pearl Harbor – 9:30pm CET/JKT
Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends and their love lives as they go off to join WWII in the midst of Pearl Harbor. Stars Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett.
Only the Brave – 12:30am CET/JKT
A haunting journey into the hearts and minds of the forgotten heroes of WWII – the Japanese-American 100th/442nd. Stars Lane Nichikawa, Tamlyn Tomita.