Today I attended the Pentagon screening of Sesame Street’s military families special entitled Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change. It was hosted by Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn, III; special guests included Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary E. Knell, and Elmo and Rosita from Sesame Street. The special was developed and created by Sesame Workshop and will premier on PBS on April 1 at 8pm.
The special, which will premiere along with April as the Month of the Military Child, “salutes the extraordinary courage and strength of these military families and offers the general public a powerful glimpse into what they often must endure.” The half-hour program features Queen Latifah, John Mayer, and Elmo, and tells the stories of service members who return home with visible and invisible injuries, and explores the struggles their spouses and children face in trying to get back to normal, whatever that may be.
In the Pentagon screening press release, Secretary Shinseki stated that “this poignant television special will help the children of military families, who have welcomed injured parents home. It will also assist their neighbors to appreciate, maybe even understand, what military families may be going through – so that they can reach out, lend a hand, or simply listen to, and empathize with, our heroes and their families.”
As I viewed it, I was reminded of the struggles my husband and children went through, and so I wept a few tears of remembrance. It was told in such a compassionate way; I would strongly encourage everyone to watch the program with their kids.