Westwood One News Salutes Veterans Day With Original 11-Part Feature Series
November 9, 2015 at 2:13 PM (PT)
In honor of VETERANS DAY this WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, WESTWOOD ONE NEWS is offering stations an 11-part series of original content about the men and women who make up the U.S. veteran population. The series of :60-second features includes perspectives from national leaders and from veterans of all ages as they reflect on their service and day set aside to honor it.
The series is available to stations for broadcast on WEDNESDAY, and will also be available on demand on AUDIOBOOM as part of the WESTWOOD ONE PODCAST and ON DEMAND platform. The features are reported and produced by WESTWOOD ONE NEWS national security correspondent and anchor CHAS HENRY, a combat-decorated veteran and former captain of the U.S. MARINE CORP.
These special one-minute stories will examine health, educatio, and readjustment issues impacting military veterans. They also provide listeners with ways they can show respect and concern for those who’ve worn their nation’s uniform by participating in a day of service to those who’ve served, in lieu of a random “Thanks for your service.”
Following are the topics for each report --
1) A history of how VETERANS DAY came to be.
2) An IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN veteran, now in college, on how different infantry life is from student life.
3) A World War II vet tells how people often pay for his meals when he's wearing his armored division ball cap.
4) A WEST POINT graduate talks about what he learned from leading soldiers during two tours in IRAQ.
5) A web site offering ideas on how people can volunteer their time to make VETERANS DAY more meaningful -- a "day on" rather than a day off.
6) The president of a small liberal arts college in SALT LAKE CITY talks about how the institution is helping vets graduate by creating a one-stop shopping VETERANS CENTER on campus.
7) A woman who served in the MARINES from the '60s into the '80s talks about how -- even at VA centers -- people don't assume that a woman can be a veteran.
8) Representative MARTHA McSALLY (R-AZ) -- a retired AIR FORCE attack pilot and squadron commander -- discusses challenges veterans face when dealing with the DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS.
9) A former ARMY officer from Segment 4 discusses how some returning veterans now could benefit from looking to the example WWII veterans set with regard to transitioning back to civilian life.
10) The manager of an AMERICAN LEGION post discusses why fewer young veterans are affiliating with traditional veterans’ service organizations, and why he believes they should join.
11) A consultant who helps companies find and hire top-quality men and women leaving the military says the veteran employment picture is better that some think -- even for some veterans who may be going about their job hunt the wrong way.
For more information about this special VETERANS DAY series, contact JIM JONES at email@example.com or (202) 895-2339.