“Island of Warriors”: Telling the Story of Chamorro Veterans

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In February 2013, NOCVA was contacted by Futuro Media Group, producer of “America By The Numbers,” a national television series dedicated to tracking population changes in the U.S. and telling the human stories behind the census statistics.

The producers were interested in learning more about Chamorro veterans in Guam and planned to interview several island veterans, leaders, and advocates to tell their stories.

NOCVA provided specific information about Guam’s veterans — especially regarding their health care needs and the lack of services available on the island.  In addition, Bill Cundiff, our Senior Advisor on Guam, was part of a panel of veterans who were interviewed by series anchor and journalist Maria Hinojosa in March 2013.

The resulting program is titled “Island of Warriors.” The 25-minute segment begins with the following introduction: “The men and women of Guam serve in the U.S. military at a rate three times higher than the rest of the nation. And in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pacific Islanders have the highest rate per capita of casualties and deaths. But with no VA hospital on the island, returning Guam vets have difficulty getting access to the care they need.”

The series debuts on public television in October 2014. We encourage everyone to watch this important program — Island of Warriors, America By The Numbers. The program focusing on Chamorro veterans underscores the need for us to work together to raise awareness about the unique challenges facing our Chamorro brothers and sisters who bravely served their country.

And while we are proud of their service, we must continue to fight to ensure that they receive the justice they deserve.

 

 

photo credit: image from “Island of Warriors,” a segment from the series America By The Numbers, produced by Futuro Media Group, Oct 2014

For more information, go to www.americabythenumbers.org