Supplement to “POWs Share Their Stories”
The History Channel is connecting veterans and students through a national and grassroots campaign called Take a Vet to School Day, whose spokesperson is ex-Marine drill sergeant R. Lee Ermey. Ermey has starred or appeared in more than 60 films and is host of Mail Call on The History Channel.
The program encourages schools and communities to invite local veterans to share their stories with students in kindergarten through grade 12. The History Channel will provide participating schools with curriculum-based educational materials as well as a Veterans Day video produced with the U.S. Department of Education.
“Every vet has a story to tell,” says Nancy Dubuc, executive vice president and general manager of The History Channel. “It is a natural extension of The History Channel to help secure the remarkable legacy of our veterans—past and present.”
According to Dubuc, underscoring this initiative is a call to action for citizens to support veterans from all wars by donating to not-for-profit organizations that provide medical care, counseling, and aid to families of veterans. The official site for the initiative is online at www.veterans.com and has comprehensive information about The History Channel’s programming, classroom guides, veterans’ forum, and special exhibits.
It is also a portal to several different not-for-profit organizations to which donations may be made: the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Fisher House Foundation, the VFW Unmet Needs Program, Armed Forces Foundation, and the Armed Services YMCA, among others. The History Channel is donating a total of $50,000 among these organizations as part of its commitment.
Throughout the summer, The History Channel has worked with various veterans’ organizations, including the American Legion, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and local school districts across the country to lay the foundation for the Take a Vet to School Day program.
To read the Kentucky Living August 2007 feature that goes along with this supplement, click here: POWs Share Their Stories