South Carolina ETV


ETV Presents “America’s Armed Forces: Time for a Checkup”

Premieres July 2 at 8 p.m. on ETV

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2012

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Columbia, SC… On Monday, July 2 at 8 p.m., ETV presents “America’s Armed Forces: Time for a Checkup.” Moderated by CNN’s John King, the program focuses on the wide range of health-related issues surrounding our military, and their impact on our national security, healthcare policy and economic stability.

Encore presentations of the program will air Thursday, July 5 at 8:30 p.m. on the SC Channel, and Friday, July 6 at 1 p.m. on ETV World.

At a time when laser-guided missiles, stealth technology and drone aircraft are game-changers on battlefields around the world, we sometimes overlook our nation’s ultimate weapons system: the more than one million men and women who put their lives on the line every day in America’s armed forces.

As Americans, many of their health issues are our health issues, including obesity, diabetes and substance abuse, among others. But as soldiers, they also face a unique set of issues that arise from their service to this country, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury and increased suicide rates.

Further complicating things, during basic training every service member is instilled with a great deal of pride, taught to not show weakness, and to “soldier on” despite what they might be feeling. While they may be essential to survival on a battlefield, how do these attitudes affect them on the home front?

Joining King to discuss these issues are:

  • Lori Diaz, a U.S. Army reservist and Executive Director of Holiday Help for Heroes in Huntsville, AL
  • Layton McCurdy, MD, Dean Emeritus of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
  • Michael Pischner, Director, Department of Veteran and Military Affairs, Florida International University
  • John M. Spratt, U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-2011
  • Maj. General (Ret.) Abraham J. Turner, Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
  • Rebecca Wiley, Director, Dorn V.A. Medical Center, Columbia, SC

The program includes a powerful segment on PTSD and its impact on three veterans:

  • Staff Sergeant Arthur Jefferson, U.S. Army, who served in Korea and Europe
  • Colonel Mary Martin, U.S. Air Force, who served at the Pentagon on 9/11
  • Staff Sergeant Stacy Pearsall, U.S. Air Force, and twice military photographer of the year

Funding for the program comes from Southeastern VIEW, a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Medical University of South Carolina; and South Carolina State University. More information about the program is available at www.scetv.org/armedforces/.

South Carolina ETV is the state's public educational broadcasting network with 11 television and eight radio transmitters, and a multi-media educational system in more than 2,500 schools, colleges, businesses and government agencies. Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.

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ETV Presents “America’s Armed Forces: Time for a Checkup” Premieres July 2 at 8 p.
John King
ETV Presents “America’s Armed Forces: Time for a Checkup” Premieres July 2 at 8 p.
John King moderates a panel of experts talking about the health crisis among our military.


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