Veterans Coming Home

New Original Web Series from WLIW21 Explores the Military-Civilian Divide in the Tri-State Region

The New York public media organization to premiere new Veterans Coming Home episodes beginning Wednesday, August 10 at

WLIW21 has announced the launch of an original local digital series called Veterans Coming Home, which explores the military-civilian divide in the tri-state region. The series will debut on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at, and will release five digital episodes through September 2016. WLIW21 will also convene community events to engage local veterans and civilians in dialogue around this topic.

The series is part of a national cross-platform public media campaign to bridge America’s military-civilian divide by telling stories, challenging stereotypes and exploring how the values of service and citizenship are powerful connectors for all Americans. WLIW21 is one of 14 public television stations conducting local efforts around this topic.

Featuring conversations with both post-9/11 veterans and civilians, and spotlighting organizations including the NYC Veterans Alliance and Combat Paper NJ, Veterans Coming Home aims to launch important dialogues and to spark insightful questions about this important topic.

Preview the series with two clips available on YouTube ( The first clip teases an in-depth conversation with six NYC veterans about the military-civilian divide. ( And in the second preview clip, civilians consider their personal connections to veterans, and the role they can play in bridging the divide (

Diane Masciale is executive producer. Sasha Schechter and Marisa Wong are producers. John Servidio is executive-in-charge. Dan Greenberg is WNET Chief Digital Officer.

Veterans Coming Home is produced by WLIW LLC. WNET is the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21, New York’s public television stations and operator of NJTV.

Funding for Veterans Coming Home is provided by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).


About WNET

WNET is America’s flagship PBS station and parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21. WNET also operates NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its broadcast channels, three cable services (KidsThirteen, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings. WNET’s groundbreaking series for children and young adults include Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase as well as Mission US, the award-winning interactive history game. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams and MetroFocus, the daily multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region. In addition, WNET produces online-only programming including the award-winning series about gender identity, First Person, and an intergenerational look at tech and pop culture, The Chatterbox with Kevin and Grandma Lill. In 2015, THIRTEEN launched Passport, an online streaming service which allows members to see new and archival THIRTEEN and PBS programming anytime, anywhere:



Credit: Courtesy of WLIW21 LLC.