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CNN to air one-hour special “The War Comes Home”

Due to premiere on August 12, the Soledad O'Brien special (pictured) focuses on a pair of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who attempt to deal with post-traumatic stress by enrolling in an innovative therapy program.
July 16, 2014

U.S. cable network CNN is to air a Soledad O’Brien special about Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who are dealing with post-traumatic stress through an innovative therapy program.

Produced by O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group in association with Mediastorm, The War Comes Home (pictured) follows two soldiers, Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs, who return home from war and must grapple with crumbling relationships, rage issues and suicidal thoughts as a result of their experiences.

The pair enrolls in Save a Warrior, a five-day, Malibu-based therapy retreat for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress that includes equine therapy, transcendental meditation as well as physically and emotionally demanding trust exercises.

“These two strong young men went to war to serve their country, but were overcome by the ravages of war.¬†They have young families that count on them, yet openly told us they wanted to harm themselves,” O’Brien said in a statement.

The one-hour special premieres on August 12 at 9 p.m. EST and airs again on August 17 at 7 p.m. EST. The program will also simulcast via CNNx for iPad and via CNN.com.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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