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St. Louis, MO — October 24, 2017 — A Vietnam War-era helicopter and a film that pays homage to veterans by restoring a Huey medevac helicopter and locating the surviving crew (including the pilot, a local St. Louis resident) will be part of “To Hell and Back: The Healing Power of Art for Veterans.” The program will be held at the Nine Network on Sunday, November 5, beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The event, which also commemorates Veterans Day on November 11, is an opportunity for veterans and the community to create connections and share stories, and address the healing process for post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans and their families.
A Vietnam-era helicopter, the Bell OH-58 Kiowa, will be parked outside the Nine Network, 3655 Olive Street, with an outfitted crew in attendance. The reconnaissance/light attack helicopter is 35 feet long and 13 feet high. It weighs 3,289 pounds empty.
Take Me Home Huey will be screened at 2:00 p.m. in the Nine Network Studio. The film has a St. Louis connection. Eric Berla, a local resident and graduate of Washington University School of Dentistry, piloted the Huey in the film. It documents contemporary artist Steve Maloney’s transformation of a Vietnam-era medevac Huey helicopter from a wounded war bird, shot down in combat in 1969, into a colorful sculpture, with a mission to help veterans recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. Take Me Home Huey has its broadcast premiere on Nine PBS Tuesday, November 7, 10:00 p.m.
A panel discussion will follow the screening. The panel, moderated by Jim Kirchherr, Nine Network senior director of content, will include Eric Berla, DMD, Vietnam veteran; Repps Hudson, Vietnam veteran, adjunct instructor and freelance journalist; and Dr. David Klein, clinical psychologist, VA St. Louis Health Care System.
About the Nine Network of Public Media
The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine Network offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life. Nine’s platforms include four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine PBS KIDS), the Nine Center for Public Engagement, the Public Media Commons, social media, and multiple websites accessible at nineNet.org. Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our vision of a strong and healthy community working together through public media and our mission of igniting the spirit of possibility.