In honor of Veteran's Day, WHNT News 19 will feature special programming this weekend.
The documentary Homeland Diaries: America's Veterans is a 60-minute documentary special that puts a name and face to millions of men and women that fight for our freedom.
Homeland Diaries will air on WHNT 2 this Saturday November 12th at 4 p.m. It will also air on WHNT on Sunday morning, at 1:35 a.m.
The documentary will also be available online.
“It is critical that we continue to tell the stories of the more than two and half million men and women who have served our country in what is by far America’s longest war”, said Bart Feder, Senior Vice President of News for WHNT News 19's parent company Tribune Broadcasting. “Every one of our news rooms is committed to shining a light on the trials and triumphs of our vets, through both local initiatives and this compelling documentary.”
American Veterans: Homeland Diaries was created in house by Tribune Broadcasting’s KTLA, and features the following men and women:
Corporal Todd Nicely
Corporal Todd Nicely, USMC, refuses to take life lying down … Even after he lost most of all four limbs in an encounter with a land mine in Afghanistan in 2010. Nicely is one of only five veterans to survive the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a quadruple amputee. Homeland Diaries explores Nicely’s difficult daily struggles, his failed suicide attempt and his determination to persevere and live life with purpose.
Marine Corps Veteran Sergeant Michael Tucciarone
Marine Corps Veteran Sergeant Michael Tucciarone has struggled to find employment since leaving the service. Now caring for his sick wife in a home that is falling to pieces, Tucciarone is grappling with the transition from being part of a team of servicemen to returning home.
Major Jen Housholder
Major Jen Housholder is an Iraq and Kuwait veteran, now a civilian flight test engineer at Edwards Air Force Base, and serves as an Army reservist in the position of Chief Warrant Officer. She served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she piloted a Blackhawk helicopter. Householder shares her struggles with severe PTSD and her story of resilience.
Lance Corporal Travis Williams
Lance Cpl. Travis Williams is an Iraq War veteran — and the only post-9/11 Marine to lose every other member of his 12-man squad. Williams struggles with survivor’s guilt and the responsibility to honor the memory of his fallen brothers by “living the life they didn’t get to live.”