Military Channel Broadcasts Telethon Hosted by Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna to Benefit Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Alan Alda, Actor, Host of Homeward Bound Telethon
(Silver Spring, MD, Friday, November 8, 2013) – On Sunday, November 10th, 2013, Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host HOMEWARD BOUND, a live four-hour national telethon to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Pop music legend Connie Francis is co-host.
Presented by Haven from the Storm and airing live to a nationwide audience on the Military Channel the telethon will be broadcast from the historic American Legion Hall #43 in Hollywood from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Among the celebrities who will appear or perform on the telethon are: US Secretary of State John Kerry, Mark Harmon and the cast of NCIS; Alan Alda, Trace Adkins, Patti Austin, Jason Bateman, James Brolin, Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo, Radney Foster, Michael Feinstein, Radney Foster, Connie Francis, Jason Gould, Charlie Hirsch, Joel Lambert, Gloria Loring, Dr. Phil McGraw, Joe Mantegna, Bette Midler, Marty Papazian, Lou Diamond Phillips, Blake Shelton, Kevin Spacey, Steve Tyrell, Ben Vereen and Henry Winkler.
Haven From the Storm founder Leonard Wilf commented, “It’s important to recognize the valiant contributions made by brave American soldiers, veterans who protect our country, and return home with PTSD and TBI. This cause is in my heart and I suspect that’s true for many Americans who care.”
A significant portion of the broadcast will be devoted to testimonials and personal stories from veterans and their families who have experienced difficulties as they returned from the battlefronts of WW II, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere: These include: decorated war veterans Staff Sergeant Ty Carter (2013 Medal of Honor recipient) and Staff Sergeant Kyle Hausman-Stokes (Bronze Medal recipient); US Paralympic Medal Winner Lance Corporal Brandon Pelletier; actor/Navy SEAL Joel Lambert; Army Sergeant Tom Woods; Tuskegee Airman Lt. Bob Friend; and other veterans.
PEOPLE has teamed up with HOMEWARD BOUND because of the magazine’s commitment to providing assistance to men and women who served in the military. A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to one of PEOPLE’s charities, Operation Finally Home, which has built more than 30 custom-designed mortgage free homes for wounded and disabled veterans.
Other participating charities include: American Red Cross; New York Presbyterian Hospital; One Mind 4 Research; and the Wounded Warrior Project.
The telethon will be live-streamed on www.homewardboundtelethon.org and rebroadcast on the Armed Forces Network on Monday, November 11, 2013.