AETN, mu­seum, Vet­er­ans Af­fairs part­ner for ap­pre­ci­a­tion event

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CON­WAY — The Arkansas Ed­u­ca­tional Tele­vi­sion Net­work, in part­ner­ship with the MacArthur Mu­seum of Arkansas Mil­i­tary His­tory and the Arkansas De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, will host a vet­er­ans ap­pre­ci­a­tion event on Mon­day from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the mu­seum, 503 E. Ninth St., Lit­tle Rock.

The event will show­case Arkansas vet­er­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions and their ser­vices and in­clude screen­ings of AETN’s “Vet­er­ans Com­ing Home: Find­ing What Works” dig­i­tal shorts, a news re­lease said. Re­fresh­ments will be served.

“Vet­er­ans Com­ing Home: Find­ing What Works” is a dig­i­tal con­tent and en­gage­ment ini­tia­tive fo­cus­ing on suc­cess­ful ex­am­ples of vet­er­ans “find­ing what works” to over­come per­sonal chal­lenges in tran­si­tion­ing from ac­tive duty to civil­ian life, the re­lease said.

AETN is shar­ing con­tent fo­cus­ing on spe­cific top­ics re­lated to vet­er­ans weekly through Nov. 23 on Face­book (face­book.com/ aet­ntv) and at http://www.aetn.org/vet­er­anscom­inghome. A na­tional web­site ded­i­cated to vet­er­ans’ sto­ries of ser­vice is avail­able at http://www.vet­er­anscom­inghome.org.

The shorts, fea­tur­ing Arkansas vet­er­ans and their con­nected sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions, shown dur­ing the vet­er­ans ap­pre­ci­a­tion event will in­clude the fol­low­ing:

• “Ain’t Dead Yet” — An­thony Smith sur­vived an RPG ex­plo­sion in Iraq but lost his arm and his abil­ity to walk. Af­ter months of in­tense phys­i­cal ther­apy and with the help of deep fa­mil­ial sup­port, Smith found re­newed strength and pur­pose through teach­ing mar­tial arts to stu­dents of all ages in his north­east Arkansas mar­tial arts stu­dio and through train­ing for the 2020 U.S. Par­a­lympic team.

• “Sow­ing Sal­va­tion” — Af­ter mul­ti­ple tours in Iraq, Ter­rell “Spence” Spencer sought peace through work­ing the land in north­west Arkansas. In­spired to pur­sue farm­ing af­ter wit­ness­ing an Iraqi fam­ily farm­ing their land, he searched for a sim­i­lar calm af­ter his re­turn home to the U.S. Ul­ti­mately, he found ful­fill­ment help­ing other vet­er­ans heal through farm­ing with his cre­ation of a pro­gram called “Armed to Farm.”

• “Vet­eran’s Best Friend” — When Amanda Hugo re­turned home af­ter 21 years of ser­vice on a U.S. Air Force bomb squad in Iraq, she faced daunt­ing phys­i­cal and emo­tional hard­ships. Her part­ner­ship with a ser­vice dog — an 18-month old English Mas­tiff named Axel — of­fered new chal­lenges and so­lu­tions. To­gether, they formed a unique and evolv­ing part­ner­ship.

• “Com­pasión” — Re­turn­ing from ac­tive duty in Iraq to face di­vorce and sin­gle par­ent­hood, Arkansas Na­tional Guard Capt. Ci­belés Ramirez Ro­driguez found pur­pose in be­ing a mother, in help­ing oth­ers and in pass­ing on the value of com­pas­sion to her

12-year-old son.

A spe­cial broad­cast that in­cludes the lo­cally pro­duced Arkansas vet­er­ans’ sto­ries will pre­miere at 7 p.m. Mon­day and re­peat at 7:30 p.m. on AETN.

The MacArthur Mu­seum will host an ad­di­tional Vet­er­ans Day pro­gram, “Base­ball and the Amer­i­can Flag,” at 7 p.m. Mon­day. Base­ball leg­end Rick Mon­day, who served six years in the U.S. Ma­rine Corps Re­serves while play­ing Ma­jor League Base­ball, will share his story of stop­ping two would-be pro­test­ers from set­ting an Amer­i­can flag on fire dur­ing a game at Dodger Sta­dium in April 1976 while play­ing for the Chicago Cubs. The pro­gram, which is free and open to the pub­lic, will be held at the Chil­dren’s Theater of the Arkansas Arts Cen­ter, ad­ja­cent to the mil­i­tary mu­seum in MacArthur Park.

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