Dogs of War is a new A&E documentary series that follows PTSD veterans as they are paired with shelter dogs who help in their rehabilitation. Premiering on Veterans Day at 10pm Eastern/9pm Central, the show follows Jim and Lindsey Stanek, the founders of the Paws and Stripes, a charity that trains adopted dogs and pairs them with veterans at little or no cost. +Continue Reading
Daniels who was inspired to enlist in the military following the tragic terrorist events of 9/11. While wrapping up his final day of an eight-month tour in Iskandariya, Iraq, Daniels’ unit fell upon an improvised explosive device (IED) while on patrol. The blast killed three Marines and resulted in the loss of one of Daniels’ legs. In this episode of Wounded: The Battle Back Home, Daniels shares the raw details of his final day in Iraq and opens up about the depression, alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that developed as a result of his injuries and survivors guilt.
Seeking help to combat the effects of PTSD and reclaim his pre-war life, Daniels began working with Wounded Warrior Project® as he adapted to the amputation of his leg. The non-profit service organization also gave Daniels the opportunity to assist other wounded veterans like himself as they adjusted to the return home. Wounded: The Battle Back Home follows Daniels on his journey to recovery and the support system that helps him along the way, including his wife, three children and the families of his fellow Marines killed from the IED in combat.
Wounded: The Battle Back Home (“Jamel: Operation Honor”)airs Sunday, October 26, at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT as part of “Taking the Hill” on MSNBC.
Daniel Boone: The Complete Series (50th Anniversary Edition) has just been released on DVD and contains all 165 episodes of the NBC series that ran from 1964–1970 and all through the ‘70s in after-school reruns. Fess Parker starred as the pioneer legend, with pop singer Ed Ames as his Native American sidekick Mingo. +Continue Reading
As anyone associated with the military knows, lying about service is not something to be taken lightly. Veterans will immediately spot falsehoods and call them out. What may be even worse than a civilian faker is a former service member who lies about what he accomplished. Such may be the case with Joseph Teti, a former Marine and Army special operator. Most know him as one of the stars of Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival, a show about outdoor survival. However, to many veterans and former operators, Teti is a veteran who has dishonored the brotherhood. +Continue Reading
The second season of Prisoners of War, the Israeli TV drama series that inspired Homeland, as just been released on DVD by Shout! Factory, just a few months after the home video release of season one. +Continue Reading
Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait is in the midst of a 7-night run on PBS this week, but it’s also available now on Blu-ray and DVD. The documentary covers over a century of American history, from Theodore Roosevelt’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor Roosevelt’s death in 1962. In between, Burns uses the lives of Teddy, Eleanor and FDR to touch on the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. +Continue Reading
The History Channel’s 4 1/2 documentary film The World Wars is out now on Blu-ray and DVD with a wealth of added in-depth profiles, documentary featurettes and deleted scenes. The series connects the two 2oth-century conflicts by focusing on the personal stories of key WWII players like Hitler, Churchill, Mussolini, Patton and FDR, asserting that it was their experiences during the Great War that influenced their decisions in the latter era.
The series uses extensive reenactment of events from World War I (along with some reenactments of WWII events) and has two actors play younger and older versions of its main characters. The approach is novel enough to keep the interest of viewers who’ve seen dozens of documentaries on the topic, but it’s really a great starting point for anyone who doesn’t know much about 20th century history.
Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014: Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.) National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for “American War Generals” September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT. (Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)
The memory banks of generals tend to be cluttered no-go areas where laundry lists of shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ second guesses are piled on top of the “if onlys.”
As in, if only this or that President, or Defense Secretary, or rear echelon dimwit had listened to me, well then, sweet victory would have been mine.
There’s a lot of that going in National Geographic’s compelling, if Army-centric, two-hour documentary American War Generals, billed as “a first-of-its-kind look back at a half century of America’s military battles told by the men that led them.” +Continue Reading