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NEW MEXICO VETERANS

STORIES OF SERVICE

NEW MEXICO VETERANS

STORIES OF SERVICE

About the Project

New Mexico PBS has begun a multi-year Veteran’s initiative to expand our content on-air, and on-line in partnership with local, regional, and national organizations. Through this initiative we will provide a platform for veteran’s to share their stories, both in war and at home and give civilians the opportunity to become aware of the challenges veterans and their families face coming home. The programming line-up includes the highly anticipated documentary on the Vietnam War from Ken Burns scheduled to air in the Fall of 2017.

Local Productions: Digital Series

As part of our initiative, we will showcase exclusive original content in the form of an online digital series. These special productions will provide an enhanced viewer experience with bonus video clips, commentary by the producers and subjects, as well as previously unseen original materials like photographs, letters, and documents, to more fully tell the story.

NEW MEXICO & THE VIETNAM WAR:

Portrait of a Generation

The first platform developed through this initiative is New Mexico and the Vietnam War: Portrait of a Generation, a digital series that focuses on New Mexico’s diverse Vietnam War veterans, families, and refugees that played a major role in the Vietnam War. These first person accounts range from duty, honor, courage, sacrifice, loss and understanding. We share their dramatic stories of honor, loss, and renewal.


Experience New Mexico & The Vietnam War

Local Productions: Documentaries

At New Mexico PBS, we know about the power of storytelling – it’s what we do. We’ve been telling Veteran’s stories over the years on Bataan, Vietnam, WWII, women vets, Buffalo Soldiers, reintegrating back into society, the hardships and bonding of war and more. These are some of the documentaries we have produced over the years to highlight the history, stories, triumphs and challenges of New Mexico Veterans.

BATAAN: A 70TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION

On December 15, 2011, honoring the 70th anniversary of the fall of Bataan (April 2012) and the subsequent death march, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) proposed S. 2004, legislation to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops who defended Bataan during World War II. The next day, Congressman Martin Heinrich (D-NM) proposed its counterpart in the House of Representatives – H.R. 3712. One inspiration for this action was the documentary Tragedy of Bataan. As an adjunct to Tragedy of Bataan, New Mexico PBS has produced a half-hour program with some of the survivors of the surrender of Bataan.

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THE JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMPS IN SANTA FE

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the US Government arrested and imprisoned thousands of Japanese-American men branding them “dangerous enemy aliens.” Incarcerated without trial, they were forced to leave behind their families along with everything they knew and loved. Professor of Literature Gail Okawa, renowned photographer Patrick Nagatani, and southwestern artist Jerry West share their family’s stories about the Santa Fe camp.

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HONORING THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS IN NEW MEXICO

Members of the Buffalo Soldiers Society of New Mexico share insights into the history of the Buffalo soldiers and how they contributed to New Mexico achieving statehood in 1912. They tell us of the challenges these soldier’s faced, their hard work, and particularly of their bravery during the battle with Apache Chief Victorio at the isolated Massacre Canyon in the Black Range Mountains of southern New Mexico.

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A LOOK AT THE ROUGH RIDERS OF NEW MEXICO

At the turn of the 20th Century, still a territory, New Mexicans wanted to prove their loyalty to the United States. They found their opportunity by joining Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders to fight in the Spanish American War. Roosevelt recruited the tough westerners like New Mexican Maximiliano Luna to be part of his Rough Riders. After the war Rough Rider reunions were held for decades at the historic Hotel Castañeda in Las Vegas. Shot on location at the Hotel Castañeda, Noted Western historian Dr.Paul Hutton shares his great knowledge of this important step in New Mexico achieving statehood.

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Veteran Resources

Connect with resources and services for Veterans.

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs
www.va.gov

 

The NM Dept of Veterans Services
www.nmdvs.org


NM Veterans Business Outreach Center
www.nmvboc.org/resource

 

City of Albuquerque Veterans Resources
www.cabq.gov/mayor/veterans-affairs

The UNM Veterans Resource Center
vrc.unm.edu

 

The Veterans Crisis Line
www.veteranscrisisline.net

 

NM Veterans Integration Centers
www.nmvic.org

 

NM Veterans’ Memorial
www.nmvetsmemorial.org

Women Veterans of New Mexico
www.womenveteransofnewmexico.org

Sen. Martin Heinrich Veterans Resources Page
www.heinrich.senate.gov/helping-you/veterans-resources


Henderson House (shelter and services for women vets)
www.ywca-nm.org/program/hendersonhouse

Photo Credits / Acknowledgements

New Mexico PBS would like to express our sincere gratitude to the following groups and individuals for making this Veterans initiative possible, and to the Veterans for their service and sacrifice.

New Mexico Veterans

"Day of Remembrance" by Jeremy Wade Shockley

The Southern Ute Drum
www.sudrum.com

"Sleeping During the Day" by Herb Lotz

"Sleeping During the Day" by Herb Lotz

See the ¡COLORES! profile of Herb Lotz and other local Vet artists here