'Nebraska Stories:Vietnam' Premieres Sept. 11

News Release Date: 
August 29, 2017

For Immediate Release
A ‘Nebraska Stories’ Special Focuses on Vietnam

LINCOLN, Neb (Aug. 29, 2017) – It’s been 50 years since the start of the Vietnam War, but memories from Nebraska veterans and others impacted by the war still live on and are ready to now be told in a “Nebraska Stories” special.

“Nebraska Stories: Vietnam” will premiere at 9 p.m. CT, Monday, Sept. 11, on NET. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the 30-minute program brings to light intimate, personal stories from Nebraskans who were impacted in different ways by the war. Stories include:

Journey to the Wall – This inspiring story highlights the one-day honor flight trip to Washington, D.C., to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Watch the efforts behind the trip and hear from Vietnam veterans making the journey.

Honor Flight Reflection – Of the 654 veterans on the May 2017 honor flight, Cheryl Feala of North Bend was the only female veteran on board. Feala was an Army nurse in Vietnam and shares her reflections from this trip.

A Duty to Protest – At 17, Tim Butz of Omaha enlisted in the Air Force and went on to complete a tour of duty in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged in 1969, he enrolled at Kent State University in Ohio only to witness the aftermath of the National Guard opening fire on students. Butz tells his story of a Vietnam veteran turned anti-war activist turned social justice advocate, who spent much of his career fighting for the rights of the disenfranchised.

Safe Harbor – Dr. Bich Chau recounts her journey from Vietnam to her present life as a doctor in Lincoln. Chau was one of the “boat people” who escaped post-war Communist rule in Vietnam. She remembers living comfortably in Saigon where her father worked as a policeman. Then, communists came, and put her father in jail. When he was released, her family escaped by boat, evading pirates, storms and a dangerous refugee camp.

A Name to Remember All – Through an interview with his childhood friend, Jan Einspahr, this story explores Norfolk native Claude Van Andel’s life and how the Norfolk native’s death helped inspire a memorial to all who perished in the Vietnam War.

Nebraska Stories: Vietnam   Monday 9pm CT

To learn more about these stories, viewers can go to the “Nebraska Stories” website at netNebraska.org/NebraskaStories.

An original score for “Nebraska Stories: Vietnam” was composed by University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate music student Wataru Niimori.

“Nebraska Stories: Vietnam” repeats several times including 10 p.m. CT, Sunday, Sept. 17 following the premiere of “The Vietnam War,” the new, 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, at 7 p.m. CT, Sunday, Sept. 17, on NET.

Other air times for “Nebraska Stories: Vietnam include: 12:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13; 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, midnight, Monday, Sept. 18 and 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24. All times Central on NET.

“Nebraska Stories: Vietnam” is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska, Nebraska Medicine, AARP Nebraska and WETA.

Group on steps salute Honor Flight

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CONTACT: MJ Winquest, 402-470-6247, mjwinquest@netnebraska.org

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