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AMERICAN VETERAN illuminates the veteran experience with a stunning range of voices from today and across the arc of American history. From the citizen-soldiers returning from the American Revolution to today’s warrior class, they tell a deeply moving story, highlighting personal remembrances, drawing civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture, and highlighting the evolving relationship between Americans who have served in the military and those who have not.


American Veteran: The Crossing

As recruits take the oath to serve, they leave the civilian world to become a soldier, sailor, marine, airman, or woman. This is the start of their transformation. Narrated by TV host and former Marine Drew Carey. Preview

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American Veteran: The Mission

Military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways. Veterans’ stories showcase the raw impact of these experiences: A Coast Guard recruit who helped ferry soldiers on D-Day. A pilot remotely guided bomber drones over Afghanistan. A Marine who became the first Latina general. Hosted by Senator Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War Veteran (Army) and Purple Heart recipient. Preview

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American Veteran: The Return

Hollywood war stories mostly end with the hero’s return. In reality, the road back to civilian life is less certain. For some, there were ticker-tape parades; for others, protests, anger, and silence. Some veterans return home full of confidence, while others think, “What am I going to do now?” Hosted by actor Wes Studi, Vietnam War Veteran (National Guard) and Native American (Cherokee) activist. Preview

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American Veteran: The Reckoning

“Those who went into the service and those who did not, we are two different realities,” a Veteran decides. But Veterans don't all feel the same. Some like “Thank you for your service”; others feel it's “bumper-sticker deep.” Veterans reflecting ask how veterans and civilians can move America forward together. Hosted by J. R. Martinez, Army Veteran, actor, and motivational speaker. Preview

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American Veteran: Keep It Close

This digital exclusive series tells the stories of U.S. military veterans and the special objects they carried during deployment and beyond.

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American Veteran: Unforgettable Stores

Each episode revolves around the direct testimony of a single veteran. This collection of riveting first-person stories provides a compelling portrait of the veteran's experience over multiple generations. New episodes every Tuesday, available now wherever you listen to podcasts. Listen now.