After the lights came up in the ETV studio following last week’s screening of an upcoming Sesame Street show, Capt. Lee Anderson offered a quick appraisal.
“This is great ... it’s a good thing,” said Anderson, a member of the S.C. Army National Guard. ”Everybody, not just kids, needs to see it.”
The Sesame Street show Anderson recommended is “Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change.” It’s on at 8 p.m. Wednesday on South Carolina’s statewide public TV network.
Hosted by Queen Latifah and Sesame Street characters, the half-hour program tells stories of service members who return home with injuries — both visible and invisible — and offers a glimpse how they restitch the fabric of their lives.
It’s apparent from listening to parent and child that each have to deal with fear. The soldier worries if he can ever be a parent again; the child worries if their father can ever hug them again.
Anderson, who deployed to Iraq with Guard units in 1991 and 2003, said the show tackles head-on the problems troops and families face when they’re reunited after a deployment.
Going to war is a life-changing event for both the soldier and family, and more needs to be done to help both, Anderson said.
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