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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 men sit at a table and speak to each other.

Planting Seeds of Hope for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

  "I tried to kill myself for 30 years." That's what Doran Hocker told Michelle Obama when he relayed his story to her. In 2014, the...
Charlie plays the harmonica while John plays the guitar.

The Transformative Power of Music

  Charlie Blanchard has spent over 16 years of his life with Parkinson's Disease. After 7 years of care taking, Charlie and his wife, Joan,...
Al Donaby, a Vietnam Veteran, holds up a hat that says "Vietnam Veteran" across the front.

Healing War Wounds Through Conversations

  Every day of the week, Al Donaby exercises to keep his muscles from stiffening, though it can be exhausting. Physical therapy, walking - all...
Duane "Doc" Wanna

“The War Changed Me”

  Duane “Doc” Wanna comes from a long line of military veterans. After some time at the University of Minnesota and at a few jobs,...
Family of mother and three children decorating Christmas tree.

The Loneliness of Deployment

  A weathered, six-foot long paper chain drags across the carpet, marking the days that Dave has been gone. Every day, Suzi, Drew, Kimmy, and...
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Arthur Owen on Raising the Flag

Arthur Owen, who died suddenly in 2018, was surrounded by strong military men as a child, learning young about service and honor. As a...
Valerie Barber

Meet The Marine Corps First Female Native Mechanic

  Valerie Barber, who would become the Marine Corps first female native mechanic, was considered an experiment at the time that she was enrolled in...

A Vietnam War Diary Brings a Fallen Soldier and Father Back...

Sitting at my desk one Thursday afternoon, I was knocked off balance when the Billy Joel song “Goodnight Saigon” suddenly came on the podcast...

The answer may have been “Blowin in the Wind.” But it...

St. Croix Falls, Wis., resident Jim Bodoh describes himself as “just a good ole country boy,” whose background in farming, hunting and fishing could...

Wonder what it’s like for the family of a deployed soldier?

  To set the stage: This deployment was not like my other experiences - but then, no two deployments are ever the same. At least...