VA’s The American Veteran video series highlights Veterans stories
This month, VA is re-launching its award-winning video series, The American Veteran. As part of its ongoing effort to engage and reach out to the Veteran community, VA’s quarterly half-hour video program will highlight VA’s services and the benefits Veterans have earned. Each episode will include information on benefits or products as well as stories from Veterans and links to resources.
The video program adds to the number of innovative ways VA communicates directly with Veterans and their families. VA has a robust presence online, with more than 150 Facebook pages, most of which belong to individual VA medical centers. VA’s digital presence also includes the VAntage Point blog, nearly 100 Twitter feeds, Instagram, a Flickr page containing more than 32,000 photos, and a YouTube channel with nearly 1,000 videos, which has amassed more than 5.6 million views. Most recently, the department launched the “This Week at VA” podcast, which is available through both iTunes and Stitcher.
The American Veteran was produced by VA for more than a decade before going on hiatus in 2014. In its decade of production, The American Veteran garnered numerous Telly, CINE and Aurora awards, as well as multiple Emmy awards and nominations.
This episode features stories on a Marine Veteran’s journey to recovery through the martial arts, a scholarship program for the children of those killed in action, a look at the newly expanded Veteran’s Crisis Line call center in Atlanta, an interview with a Medal of Honor recipient who fought at Iwo Jima and a look at the power of adaptive sports. The episode also features a sit-down interview with VA’s new secretary, Dr. David Shulkin.