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The Call to Serve: Stories of Sacrifice, War and the Way Home

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The ripple effects of war are intense and wide-ranging, impacting soldiers, medical personnel, family members and refugees. The experience forever changes the shape of their lives. For decades, Twin Cities PBS has been committed to sharing the stories of Minnesotans who heeded the “call to serve.” This collection is generously funded by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.
The ripple effects of war are intense and wide-ranging, impacting soldiers, medical personnel, family members and refugees. The experience forever changes the shape of their lives. For decades, Twin Cities PBS has been committed to sharing the stories of Minnesotans who heeded the “call to serve.” This collection is generously funded by the Fred C. and Katherine B. Andersen Foundation.

Two Mothers Reflect on the Gold Stars They Didn’t Want

  Sandy (Masterson) Lynch and Valerie Kennedy have the type of gold stars no one wants - the kind you receive when military officers arrive...
Nelson family photo

Minnesota’s Military Kids Keep Service Members Serving

  One Minnesota family facing the realities of military deployment - the Nelsons - fit the classic archetype of the "all-American" nuclear unit in just...

7 Veterans Share What Veterans Day Means to Them

The Minnesota State Fair, with its glittering Midway lights, an endless legion of people and all the fried foods on a stick, also has...

Vietnam Era Veteran & Archivist Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Risked It All

  Jean-Nickolaus Tretter spent his adult life advocating for gay rights. If you asked him about LGBTQ+ history, he’d likely rattle off a fascinating monologue...

Two Vietnam War Veterans Reflect on Seeing Familiar Names on the...

  In the summer of 2018, Twin Cities PBS brought a traveling replica - the Wall That Heals - of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that...

Love from Saigon, Minnesota

No one who meets me today would ever suspect that I did not prefer Vietnamese food when I was growing up. Today, I am...
Soldiers stand in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in an excerpt from "Welcome Home," a documentary produced by KTCA.

Welcome Home: Vietnam Veteran Memorial

  In 1982, Vietnam veterans from across the nation converged on Washington D.C. for what was, at the time, a controversial memorial and to give...
Two white men stand in a darkly lit room speaking to camera.

Remembering What It’s Really About

  Doug Bradley and Craig Werner, authors of We've Gotta Get Out of This Place, share ways that music has helped veterans cope with the enormity...
Minnesota musicians perform 'For What It's Worth' in front of a blue backdrop of images of the Vietnam War.

For What It’s Worth

  Twin Cities PBS hosted We Gotta Get Out of This Place concert, celebrating the soundtrack of the Vietnam War, as part of Minnesota Remembers Vietnam. This...
Thomasina Petrus, a black woman in a purple dress, sings in front of a purple curtain.

Piece of My Heart

  Minnesota musicians and veterans joined together to remember the Vietnam War through spoken word and song. Veterans took the stage to read excerpts from...