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Press Release

Special highlights the struggles and resilience of our military as they navigate life post-service

October 17, 2016 – They say war is waged for one of two reasons; to better the people or protect the people, but who are the people who sacrifice to make America safe and secure? 

Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media (NYSE: TRCO), today announced it will air Homeland Diaries:  America’s Veterans, a 60-minute documentary special which puts a name and a face to the millions of men and women who fight for our freedom. Homeland Diaries: America’s Veterans follows four heroic veterans as they share their personal and intimate struggles navigating life post-service.

Beginning Friday, November 11, Homeland Diaries: America’s Veterans will air across the US in all 33 of Tribune’s markets. The documentary will also air online http://vetshomelanddiaries.com.

In addition, Tribune Broadcast stations will air segments highlighting local veterans in their individual newscasts in the days leading up to Veterans Day.

“It is critical that we continue to tell the stories of the more than two and half million men and women who have served our country in what is by far America’s longest war”, said Bart Feder, Senior Vice President of News for Tribune Broadcasting.  “Every one of our news rooms is committed to shining a light on the trials and triumphs of our vets, through both local initiatives and this compelling documentary.”

American Veterans:  Homeland Diaries was created in house by Tribune Broadcasting’s KTLA, and features the following profiles:

Corporal Todd Nicely
Corporal Todd Nicely, USMC, refuses to take life lying down … Even after he lost most of all four limbs in an encounter with a land mine in Afghanistan in 2010. Nicely is one of only five veterans to survive the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as a quadruple amputee. Homeland Diaries explores Nicely’s difficult daily struggles, his failed suicide attempt and his determination to persevere and live life with purpose.

Marine Corps Veteran Sergeant Michael Tucciarone
Marine Corps Veteran Sergeant Michael Tucciarone has struggled to find employment since leaving the service. Now caring for his sick wife in a home that is falling to pieces, Tucciarone is grappling with the transition from being part of a team of servicemen to returning home.

Major Jen Housholder
Major Jen Housholder is an Iraq and Kuwait veteran, now a civilian flight test engineer at Edwards Air Force Base, and serves as an Army reservist in the position of Chief Warrant Officer.  She served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she piloted a Blackhawk helicopter.  Householder shares her struggles with severe PTSD and her story of resilience.

Lance Corporal Travis Williams
Lance Cpl. Travis Williams is an Iraq War veteran — and the only post-9/11 Marine to lose every other member of his 12-man squad.  Williams struggles with survivor’s guilt and the responsibility to honor the memory of his fallen brothers by “living the life they didn’t get to live.”

Gary Sinise, The Gary Sinise Foundation
Gary Sinise has been an advocate of America’s service members for nearly 40 years.   He has worked with the Disabled American Veterans organization which he continues to actively support.  Since the attacks of September 11th, 2001, his dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans and first responders has become a tireless crusade of support, service and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.  For more on the Gary’s work, go to https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

Homeland Diaries: America’s Veterans” will air on the following stations:

New York WPIX Sat 11/12, 7p
Los Angeles KTLA Fri 11/11, 7p Sun 11/13, 8p
Chicago WGN Fri 11/11, 8p
Philadelphia WPHL Sat 11/12, 4:30p
Dallas KDAF Sat 11/12, 6p
Washington, DC WDCW Sun 11/13, 9p
Houston KIAH Sat 11/12, 6p
Seattle KCPQ Sun 11/13, 6p
KZJO Sat 11/12, 5p
Miami WSFL Sun 11/13, 5p
Denver KDVR Sat 11/12, 4p
   
Cleveland WJW Sat 11/2, 5p
Sacramento KTXL Sun 11/13, 6p
St. Louis KPLR Sun 11/13, 8p
Portland KRCW Sat 11/12, 4p
Indianapolis WXIN Sat 11/12, 6p
San Diego KSWB Sun 11/13, 4p
Hartford WCCT Sun 11/13, 3p
WTIC Sat 11/12, 4:30p
Kansas City WDAF Sat 11/12, 3p
Salt Lake City KSTU Sat 11/12, 2p
Milwaukee WITI Sat 11/12, 5p
Grand Rapids WXMI Sat 11/12, 6p
Norfolk  
WGNT Sat 11/12, 5p
Oklahoma City KAUT Sun 11/13, 7p
Harrisburg WPMT Sat 11/12, 6p
Greensboro WGHP Sat 11/12, 2a
Memphis WREG Fri 11/11, 1:37a
New Orleans WGNO Sun 11/13, 4p
Wilkes-Barre WNEP Sun 11/13, 5p
Richmond WTVR Sat 11/12, 11:35p
Des Moines WHO Sun 11/13, 12:40a
Huntsville WHNT Sat 11/12, 1:35a
Davenport WQAD Sun 11/13, 12:30p
Ft. Smith
KXNW Sun 11/13, 5p

ABOUT TRIBUNE MEDIA:

Tribune Media Company (NYSE: TRCO) is home to a diverse portfolio of television and digital properties driven by quality news, entertainment and sports programming. Tribune Media is comprised of Tribune Broadcasting’s 42 owned or operated local television stations reaching approximately 50 million households, national entertainment network WGN America, whose reach is approaching 80 million households, Tribune Studios, and Gracenote, one of the world’s leading sources of TV and music metadata powering electronic program guides in televisions, automobiles and mobile devices. Tribune Media also includes Chicago’s WGN-AM and the national multicast networks Antenna TV and THIS TV. Additionally, the Company owns and manages a significant number of real estate properties across the U.S. and holds other strategic investments in media. For more information please visit www.tribunemedia.com.

Jessica Bellucci
VP, Communications
Tribune Broadcasting
office: 212-210-2626
Jbellucci@tribunemedia.com
@BellucciPR