Stories of Service

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.

Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. THE VIETNAM WAR features more than 100 iconic musical recordings from greatest artists of the era and haunting original music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross as well as the Silk Road Ensemble featuring Yo-Yo Ma.

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Filmmakers Ken Burns & Lynn Novick direct an epic 10-part series: THE VIETNAM WAR. Ten years in the making, the landmark documentary comes to PBS this fall – Sun, September 17, 2017.


These are just a few of the many Stories of Service WIPB has had the privilege of telling, with the help of area military veterans. Click on your desired playlist below to hear their stories. Videos are organized by conflict and each playlist contains multiple video stories.

Stories from Operation Enduring Freedom: View All »

Stories from Iraq Freedom Occupation: View All »

Stories from World War II: View All »

Stories from The Afghanistan War: View All »


Stories of Courage. Stories of Sacrifice. Stories of Service

PBS has joinedefforts with trusted public media partners to bring you Stories of Service, a multi-platform initiative that unites powerful stories and conversations around one of our country’s most resilient communities: our military veterans.

As part of PBS’ commitment to sharing stories important to our communities and our world, Stories of Service will connect programming and online initiatives tied to military service across public media. PBS viewers will be able to hear the stories and experiences of veterans as told through PBS’ extensive pipeline of documentaries and specials, and through original digital content coming directly from PBS member stations. Programming highlights include:

  • Coming Back with Wes Moore
  • National Memorial Day Concert 
  • D-Day 360

“The programs featured as part of Stories of Service tell the compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation’s military history,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “As America’s storyteller, we hope to spark conversations in communities and give the public an opportunity to share their personal or family story of service through local events and programs. Across the public television community, stations will be creating their own content and providing resources to returning veterans and their families.”

Get Started. Browse a list of shows and films available to watch on PBS right now. And join the conversation in social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.