- By Shannon Bowman
- Category: News & Opinion
- April 15, 2014
COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE gives WHRO a unique opportunity: to learn about the veterans who live in our own community, and to work within our community to give them much needed and greatly deserved support. Hampton Roads is home to more than 108,000 active duty personnel and 178,000 veterans. As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wind down, our region is being flooded with returning veterans, many of whom need access to a variety of services with which they have no prior experience or relationship.
About the series: COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE, a new three-episode series executive produced by best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and – for many – find a new mission. Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: “Coming Back” (May 13), “Fitting In” (May 20) and “Moving Forward” (May 27).
About Taylor Urruela, Sergeant, Army (Retired): Taylor Urruela (28) longs to be normal. The 28-year old college freshman on the GI Bill has a dream: to play on the University of Tampa junior varsity baseball team. That's not an easy accomplishment for anyone; the University of Tampa has won six NCAA national baseball championships. But Taylor is 10 years older than his would-be teammates and he has lost a leg in Iraq. The pain of training and the stress of adapting to college pose a challenge to Tylor's journey to health. But Taylor calls on the skills he honed in the Army infantry. He assesses the mission, adjusts the goal and succeeds in a menaingful way.
On Friday, May 2nd at noon on WHRV 89.5 FM, Barbara Hamm Lee will host a conversation on Another View, discussing the film and exploring its relevance to our local African American community.
Then, on Tuesday, May 6th, we’ll open the doors of our Norfolk studio (5200 Hampton Boulevard) to further the conversation and more broadly consider the impact in our region. At 6:30 pm, our community partners will provide information about local initiatives to support veterans; and at 7 pm, there will be a screening of COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE, with engaging discussion about how we can all work together within our community to better meet the needs of veterans and their families. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited, so please register to attend at whro.org/veterans or call Kelly Jackson at 757-889-9415.
These efforts launch a major WHRO initiative to increase community awareness and support our veterans as they return home.
COMING BACK airs Tuesdays at 8pm on WHRO TV-15 from May 13 through 27.