What happens when soldiers return from war? Wes Moore, an Army combat veteran and best-selling author, searches for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war. Coming Back with Wes Moore, a new series, airs in three parts on Tuesdays, May 13-27 at 8:00 p.m. on KUED. Moore’s search for answers takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and – for many – to find a new mission.
“We want to better humanize re-integration by taking the audience into the lives of these men and women as they return from war,” says Moore. “I want to make sure people understand these stories and who these people are who are coming back from combat.”
Coming Back with Wes Moore provides a window into the lives of those who have returned home after serving our country in a time of war,” says Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming at PBS. “This extraordinary series is a statement of thanks to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation. And it will contribute to an ongoing conversation about what we as a country — and as family, neighbors and friends — can do to help these soldiers return to civilian life.”
In the first episode, Coming Back, Moore speaks as a veteran and for veterans who have served their country and now just want the opportunity to apply their talents, commitment, and skills as they re-enter civilian life.
The series begins with Moore’s visit to Bonnie Collins, the mother of one of Moore’s oldest friends and fellow officer, Brian Collins. Viewers learn that the previous year, after getting married and beginning a new career, Collins abruptly took his own life. This incident led Moore to learn more about why some veterans can get on with their lives, while some cannot. In the second episode, Fitting In, Moore explores the concept of identity, how it’s altered during deployment and how it’s altered again when a veteran returns home. Moving Forward, the final episode, examines the veterans’ drive to find a new mission, to contribute, and to be part of something bigger than themselves.
“My hope is that the public can get a glimpse of what the end of the war means to these brave men and women and to their families,” says Moore. “There is more we can do than simply saying ‘thank you for your service.’ We can truly show our gratitude by asking them to share their experiences.”