Got Your 6 and Discovery Communications to Showcase Veteran Empowerment in DC on November 10
WASHINGTON (Oct. 24, 2016) — The veteran empowerment campaign Got Your 6 is teaming up with Discovery Communications to host its “Storytellers” program on Thursday, November 10 at Discovery Communications’ Silver Spring, Md. headquarters. Got Your 6 Storytellers is an annual event that celebrates the accomplishments and inspirational stories of our nation’s veterans.
The Nov. 10 event will feature veterans including Invictus Games U.S. team captain and Deloitte manager Will Reynolds; Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald; District Court Judge Lou Olivera from Cumberland County, N.C.; Paralympian Ce-Ce Mazyck; and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Bonnie Carroll.
Got Your 6 Storytellers gathers veterans who deliver TED-style talks about their ideas, accomplishments, philosophies, and the many contributions they are making in their communities and workplaces. The program helps increase awareness of Got Your 6’s campaign to shift the narrative of veterans as “broken heroes” to one focusing on veterans as leaders and civic assets.
Discovery Communications will be live-streaming the Storytellers program via the American Heroes Channel’s (AHC) Facebook page. Additionally, starting Oct. 17, American Heroes Channel is airing Got Your 6’s national PSA and in-program call-out cards that feature myth-busting facts about America’s veterans.
“At Discovery, we celebrate the remarkable work of our service men and women, along with the entire veteran community, so it is a true pleasure to host Got Your 6’s first-ever D.C. Storytellers event,” said Kevin Bennett, executive vice president and general manager, American Heroes Channel. “These storytellers represent some of our nation’s best and brightest, so we are humbled to partner with Got Your Six to share their inspiring stories and ultimately empower the veteran community.”
“There’s no better way to celebrate Veterans Day than by surrounding yourself with some of the most talented veteran leaders, entrepreneurs, and entertainers in America,” said Bill Rausch, Iraq War veteran and executive director of Got Your 6. “We thank Discovery Communications for lifting up the stories of those who served as a way not to highlight their accomplishments but to challenge all veterans to think about writing the next incredible chapter of their lives.”
A study commissioned by Got Your 6 revealed that the general population believes veterans are more likely than civilians to be unemployed, undereducated, homeless, and to be afflicted with mental health issues. The reality is much more complex, and the entertainment industry has a role to play in changing the narrative.
In addition to the D.C. event, Got Your 6’s Storytellers program will be held in New York City on Wed., Oct. 26 at the HBO Theater, and in Los Angeles on Tues., Nov. 1 at the Television Academy. For more information, visit gotyour6.org/programs/storytellers.
Got Your 6 Storytellers is made possible by the generous support of Macy’s, Wounded Warrior Project, Veterans United Foundation, Aspen Dental, American Express, Discovery Communications, HBO, Television Academy, NFLPA, General Dynamics, and Sword & Plough.
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 is a national campaign dedicated to empowering veterans and strengthening communities across the nation. The campaign unites cross-sector partners who believe that veterans are uniquely suited to tackle society’s most pressing challenges. Got Your 6 believes that veterans are best served when they continue their service here at home. As a coalition, Got Your 6 integrates these perspectives into popular culture, brings together veterans and non-veterans in order to foster understanding, and empowers veterans to lead a resurgence of community here at home.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, sports and kids programming brands. Reaching 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery’s portfolio includes the global brands Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports content across Europe. Discovery reaches audiences across screens through digital-first programming from Discovery VR, Seeker and SourceFed Studios, as well as over-the-top and TV Everywhere offerings including Eurosport Player, Dplay, Discovery K!ds Play and Discovery GO. For more information, please visit discoverycommunications.com.