War Diaries: How Troops In War Zones Are Telling Their Real Stories

North American Precis Syndicate

Unlike letters from previous wars, video technology is helping to connect television viewers to the real-world experiences of troops serving on the front, giving people a sense of the Iraq War from the Americans who live it every day. In order to pay tribute to America’s military personnel, a cable television channel is bringing the concept of “reality TV” to a whole new level.

The Military Channel (owned by Discovery Communications) takes viewers “behind the lines” to hear the personal stories of servicemen and -women and offers in-depth explorations of military technology, battlefield strategy, aviation and history. As the only cable network devoted to military subjects, it also provides unique access, allowing viewers to experience and understand a world full of human drama, courage, innovation and long-held military traditions.

“The Military Channel’s mission is to provide a national outlet for our troops’ voices to be heard by bringing viewers real-world stories from the front lines from the men and women serving in our armed forces,” said Clint Stinchcomb, executive vice president and general manager, Discovery Emerging Networks Group.

Personal Stories

Key examples of the network’s programming are “My War Diary” and “Voices From the Front,” made by and for the men and women serving on the war front. Unlike previous attempts to document wartime experiences, these series incorporate the stories with footage, personal accounts and even rap videos created by those serving on the front lines in Iraq.

The clips, which are submitted both over the Internet and by soldiers’ families, cover a wide range of topics and emotions–from the comical to the terrifying to the awe inspiring. Each episode provides a different perspective on the war in Iraq, adding a new dimension to perceptions of the conflict.

Since the network went on the air, the Military Channel has received hundreds of submissions from troops who served or are still serving in the war zones. Troops can upload their videos–most taken from digital or cell phone cameras–directly through the network’s Web site. All submissions are sent to the military for clearance to ensure the safety of military personnel serving in war zones.

Soldiers and their families are invited to submit their own personal videos to tell of their own experience in military theaters.

To learn more or for information on submitting a video clip, visit www.mywardiary.com.
The Military Channel aims to show what wartime experience is really like for military personnel.

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