Explore Veterans’ Stories of Service and Sacrifice this May

Explore Veterans’ Stories of Service and Sacrifice this May

CET is pleased to bring you a special lineup of programming this month in honor of the dedicated service of men and women in uniform. From coping with PTSD to the impact on their families, explore stories of veteran’s lives before, during and after war. Below is a list of programming highlights, some available with broadcast and others available on the PBS App with or without Passport. Thank you to all of our veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

My Grandparents’ War

Thursdays, May 2 through 30, at 10pm on CET

Follow Hollywood actors as they retrace the footsteps of their grandparents and learn how World War II changed the lives of their families – and the world. Watch Seasons 1 and 2 now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/show/my-grandparents-war/.


New Leash on Life: The K9s For Warriors Story

Thursday, May 2, at 11pm on ThinkTV16
Friday, May 24 at 9pm on CET

Explore how one service-dog agency, K9s For Warriors, has impacted the lives of three American veterans struggling with trauma. Founded by Shari Duval and her son Brett Simon, who served two tours in Iraq, K9s For Warriors matches veterans Adam, Shilo and Louis with companion dogs. Each learns to manage issues such as flashbacks, hypervigilance and invisible psychological damage. Watch it now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/a-new-leash-on-life-the-k9s-for-warriors-story-mNnfIr/.


After Action – Season 2

Fridays, May 3 through June 14, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
Wednesdays, May 8 through June 19, at 11pm on ThinkTV16

Hosted by Air Force Veteran Stacy Pearsall, After Action captures the raw experiences of veterans around military training, deployment and, most of all, life after action. Through seven episodes, Season 2 of the series reveals the experiences of 21 diverse veterans from across the country. Conversations about life before, during and after action provide a deeper appreciation for those who’ve served. Stay tuned for Season 2 on CET, premiering Friday, June 14, at 10pm. Watch a preview: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/season-2-preview-0gwquu/.

Two regional heroes are featured in episodes from Season 2 of After Action, Julie Schwartz of Cincinnati and Joe Guy Lapointe Jr. of Dayton. Learn more below:


After Action: Julie Schwartz – ‘For God and Country’

Friday, May 10, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
Wednesday, May 15, at 11pm on ThinkTV16.

Julie Schwartz, a Cincinnati native and current resident, was the first woman rabbi to serve on active duty as a chaplain in the United States military. Episode 2 features Schwartz and two other chaplains who committed their lives to God and Country as they discuss faith and the challenge of caring for themselves while shouldering the burdens of others.


After Action: Joe Guy LaPointe Jr. – ‘Gold Star Service’

Friday, May 24, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
Wednesday, May 29, at 11pm on ThinkTV16

When a family loses a military member during service, they become known as a Gold Star Family. Joe Guy LaPointe Jr., Dayton native and Medal of Honor recipient, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1969 less than five months after his wife gave birth to their son. His son, Joe Guy LaPointe III, is featured on Episode 4 with two other veterans who were compelled to serve after they became Gold Star Survivors.


To Be of Service

Friday, May 17 at 10pm on ThinkTV16

Learn the stories of US veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the impeccably trained service dogs they’re paired with. These dogs bring independence and a feeling of safety along with a new measure of happiness and hope to these brave warriors who were sent into the maw of war. Watch it now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/to-be-of-service-VUXkwr/.


National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 26 at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16
Encore presentation at 9:30pm

Pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform with the 35th annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert. A star-studded lineup will grace the stage to honor the military service and sacrifice of all of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna return to co-host. Learn more: https://watch.cetconnect.org/show/national-memorial-day-concert/.


Going to War

Monday, May 27 at 10pm on CET and ThinkTV16

What is it really like to go to war? Filled with terror, pain and grief, this documentary also brings exhilaration and a profound sense of purpose. Renowned authors Karl Marlantes and Sebastian Junger help us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier at war. Veterans of various conflicts reveal some universal truths of combat with unflinching candor. Watch it now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/going-to-war-qhofxk/.

In addition to our programs about veterans, we have a large catalog of war-focused shows available on broadcast or to stream with and without Passport:


The Metal Detector

Friday, May 10, at 10:30 pm and Monday, May 27, at 5:30pm on CET

Meet Georg, an Austrian retiree whose mother witnessed the crash of an Allied B-17 near their home during World War II. When he takes up metal detecting to find the wreckage, a growing fascination leads him on a heartfelt mission that will bring a group of international strangers together for a surprising emotional adventure. Watch it now: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/the-metal-detector-muz7xn/


Her War, Her Story: World War II

Sunday, May 12 at 2pm on ThinkTV16

Explore the stories of women caught up in World War II, from the American Home Front to Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland. The hour-long film features the personal stories of the incredible women who served in a war that proved women were equal to men when it came to patriotism, service, or in some cases, self-preservation during watershed moments which called for steadfastness. Watch it now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/her-story-her-war-world-war-ii-K0tawR/.


The Last Ring Home

Friday, May 17 at 11:30pm on ThinkTV16

Learn the story of Lieutenant Minter Dial and his 1932 Annapolis Naval Academy ring that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII. This film is a spellbinding account of one man’s obsession with a family mystery and the product of decades of research and inquiries.


The Story of the D-Day Forecast: Three Days in June

Sunday, May 19, at 10pm on ThinkTV16
Saturday, May 25, at 8pm on ThinkTV16

In June 1944, the success of the D-Day military invasion was completely reliant on weather readings taken by a young woman, Maureen Sweeney. Including a special interview with Sweeney and contributions from Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of the Genera, historian Antony Beevor and others follow this unique moment in history where military might and meteorological analysis collided. Watch it now with ThinkTV Passport: https://video.thinktv.org/video/the-story-of-the-d-day-forecast-three-days-in-june-MXJ0nM/.


Memphis Belle: Her Final Mission

Wednesday, May 22, at 10pm on ThinkTV14
Saturday, May 25, at 8pm and Sunday, May 26, at 4:30pm on CET
Friday, May 24 at 9pm on ThinkTV16

Follow the story of the Memphis Belle, one of the first American heavy bombers to survive 25 combat missions over the deadly skies of Europe, and learn about her two crews, the men who flew her in World War II and the team that spent 13 years bringing her back to her former glory. Produced by ThinkTV, this documentary shares the story of two teams of men, separated by 75 years, who shared a deep affection for a plane that became an American icon.  Watch this locally produced program now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/memphis-bell-her-final-mission-HtUYnR/.


Village of Death: Oradour-Sur-Glane 1944

Friday, May 24, at 10pm on CET

In response to French Resistance activities in the area and the D-Day landing of June 6, 1944, a German SS (Schutzstaffel, or “Protection Squads”) division arrived in the small French village of Oradour-sur-Glane four days later and massacred 643 innocent civilians. It was one of the worst atrocities of World War II and has had a lasting impact on the region and the world at large.


Breath of Freedom

Friday, May 24, at 10pm on ThinkTV16

In World War II over a million African Americans fought for freedom and democracy – in an army that was strictly segregated by race. These Black GIs fought to liberate Germany from Nazi rule, as racism reached unfathomable levels at home and their unit. Finding a “breath of freedom” in post-war Germany, Black soldiers experienced for the first time what it felt like to be treated as equals. Watch it now with ThinkTV Passport: https://video.thinktv.org/video/breath-of-freedom-R69eou/.


Shrapnel Down: My Korean War Story

Friday, May 24, at 10:30pm on ThinkTV16

Korean War veteran Bill Rector, who served as a Gunner’s Mate on the USS Los Angeles, brings his story to public television audiences using the 8mm war footage he recorded, unseen by the public until now. Watch it now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/shrapnel-down-my-korean-war-story-Ys73fI/.


The Ghost Army

Saturday, May 25, at 9pm and Sunday, May 26, at 3pm on CET
Sunday, May 26, at 2pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, May 27, at 10pm on ThinkTV14

War, deception, art and glory come together in this documentary, which shares the astonishing true story of American G.I.s, many of whom would later have illustrious careers in art, design and fashion. They tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and carefully crafted illusions during World War II. During a ceremony on Capitol Hill on April 1, 2024, three surviving members of the ‘Ghost Army’ were presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. Watch a preview: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/trailer-saodag/.


Grandpa’s War Story Goes Viral

Sunday, May 26 at 1pm on CET

Hear the remarkable account of James Schmidt’s World War II service and military career. Schmidt responded to the national call to duty following the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. The twist: Schmidt enlisted at the age of 14 and left home without ever telling his parents. His story went viral after his grandson Henry De Hoop’s efforts with the help of social media. Watch it now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/grandpas-war-story-goes-viral-w24q5q/.


Final Landing in Iwo Jima

Sunday, May 26 at 7pm on CET
Sunday, May 26 at 1pm on ThinkTV16

A “then and now” look at the Japanese island at the heart of a brutal World War II battle, this film follows two men as they visit the historic war site. One is a 100-year-old veteran of the 4th Marine Division who returns to Iwo Jima for the final time after being wounded there in the savage battle decades earlier. The other is the son of a marine who has spent decades searching for details of his father’s time on the island with little luck, and finally visits Iwo Jima to piece his dad’s wartime puzzle together. Learn about the events leading up to, through and after the Battle of Iwo Jima via veteran interviews, archival material and recreations.


Unsettled History: America, China and the Doolittle Tokyo Raid

Sunday, May 26 at 2pm on CET

Explore a key moment in American/Chinese history, from how the two sides remember this shared event in different ways to the reasons for this divergence and what lessons it may hold for today. Recounted by children of the Raiders and their Chinese rescuers, the program offers emotional insights that only family members can provide. Watch it now with CET Passport: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/unsettled-history-8Ll0en/.