‘Moving Forward’ tough at times for vets

Wes Moore’s three-part PBS series on the struggles of returning veterans is coming to an end.

Their struggles goes on.

“Moving Forward” is the next installment to be broadcast on Panhandle PBS. It airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday and it puts a cap on a fascinating chronicle of how veterans cope with returning to their former lives after their combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq.

http://www.pbs.org/coming-back-with-wes-moore/home/

It’s a struggle as old as war itself, which means it’s been with us a good while.

Moore served as an Army airborne infantry officer, rising to rank of captain. He fought in Afghanistan and returned home to become a successful author, documentary producer and can be seen as a contributor on network news shows, including PBS. He’s an engaging young man with a story to tell.

He relates part of that story in his PBS series. “Moving Forward” tells how vets seek a new mission after returning from the battlefield. Most of them make it back successfully; some of them don’t.

The struggle occurs as some vets seek order in their lives. They’ve lived under military rule, often for many years, with someone always telling them what, when and where to do whatever task they’re ordered to perform. Life in what we used to refer to in Vietnam as “The World” isn’t as structured and many veterans have difficulty adjusting to freedom they hadn’t experienced since before joining the military.

As the PBS promo for the series notes, “Moore’s journey takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate back into society, establish new identities, and – for many – find a new mission.”

“Moving Forward” fulfills Moore’s own mission, which is to tell a compelling story of the young men and women who thrust themselves into harm’s way to protect us.

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