Returning From War


  • Taylor Urruella’s Story: Coping with Physical Disability | Coming Back with Wes Moore

    Taylor Urruella is a 28-year-old who lost his leg fighting in the United States Army. Initially, Taylor's transition back to civilian life was not a smooth one. But now, Taylor has found a new mission. Coming Back with Wes Moore documents Taylor's attempt to make one of the elite college baseball teams in the country, while simultaneously building an organization that helps returning veterans readjust to life through sports.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Letrice Titus’s Story: the Veterans’ Crisis Line | Coming Back with Wes Moore

    Examine the struggles faced by returning veterans through the eyes of Letrice Titus, a parent and a responder with the Veterans' Crisis Line. When Letrice's time in the military was complete, she searched for a way to continue to serve. She now helps veterans deals with issues such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Stacy Pearsall’s Story: Military Combat Photographer | Coming Back with Wes Moore

    Explore how Stacy Pearsall, a former military combat photographer, photographs veterans in an attempt to aid in the healing process for both her and her subjects. Pearsall suffers from short-term memory loss as a result of combat injuries, which put an end to her military career. She is one of only two women to be named Military Photographer of the Year. Her photos are seen throughout the series Coming Back with Wes Moore.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Tammy Duckworth’s Story: Congresswomen Advocating Veterans’ Rights | Coming Back with Wes Moore

    Meet Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down in Iraq. She returned to the United States, recovered from her wounds, and now serves as Congresswoman from Illinois' 8th district. This clip chronicles her fight for veterans' causes on Capitol Hill, and her ability to connect with veterans of all generations in her home district.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • 'Theater of War' Brings Hope to Wounded Soldiers

    A new concept that uses acting and the theater to help unlock the inner grief and suffering that many soldiers bring back from war zones is catching on.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Tell Me the Truth! Peggy Buryj | Your America

    Peggy Buryj went through something no parent should—the loss of a child. Her son Army Pfc. Jesse Buryj, was killed in 2004 while serving in Iraq. But what made the pain of his death so much worse was that she came to believe the Army was lying to her about how her son died. As a mother, she needed the truth. So this small town mom went to battle with the US military. Thanks to her efforts the Army is doing a better job of investigating and reporting military deaths.

    This video, from Your America, is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Way We Get By: Historical Perspectives: Coming Home From War

    This resource group utilizes the film and website resources for The Way We Get By, which tells the story of a group of volunteers who have greeted more than 900,000 troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. Classrooms can use the resources to conduct an investigation that compares and contrasts the homecoming experiences of soldiers who served in World War II, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Home Again

    Former soldiers from the Iraq war are forced to overcome injuries and deal with handicaps that they sustained overseas as they return to the Eastern Shore. These men focus on getting back to a normal life through a rehab program that encourages them to hunt and fish in the outdoors despite their injuries.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Student Reporting Labs: Military Families

    This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on November 11th, 2013.

    On Veterans Day, most Americans think of the men and women in uniform. But military life also has a huge effect on their children.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Never the Same - Arthur Upchurch Jr. | WWII: War End

    World War II veteran Arthur J. Upchurch Jr. speaks about returning to a post-war United States in this interview from the Georgia World War II Oral History Project.

    Grades: 6-12