18-hour documentary series on the Vietnam War will premiere this summer

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jun 09, 2017

A ten-part, 18-hour documentary on the Vietnam War will soon air on PBS stations across the country this summer. 

The film is a Ken Burns and Lynn Novick series that will tell the story on one of the most divisive wars in American history.

To go with that though, WEDU in Tampa, is working on a special production to share the stories of local Vietnam veterans and their families that will be broadcast in collaboration on the local airwaves.

Dan Edwards, a Vietnam Veteran, spent 18 months in Vietnam. 

Edwards, now suffering from medical conditions like COPD after contracting Agent Orange. 

The Vietnam Veteran now in his 70s is one of only 800,000 Vietnam veterans that are alive today. 

"The big thing for me is when someone says 'welcome home' it's all we need," he said.

Edwards still recounts the political divide that resulted in an unwelcome homecoming when the soldiers returned home from the war, "you would get off the plane and the first thing you would do is put on civilian clothes."

Edwards has spent the decades since the war recovering from different emotions from Vietnam -- but one of the best therapies for him now is being a recruiter for the Honor Flight.

The documentary that will air across PBS stations will premiere September 17.

However, a date for the local WEDU broadcast has not been set.

Here's a preview of the documentary: click here and scroll to the bottom.