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Homeward Bound Telethon to air Nov. 10 on Military Channel

Melissa Hayer Published: October 25, 2013
Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon and the cast of “NCIS,” Kevin Spacey and Jason Bateman are among the celebrities scheduled to appear on the Homeward  Bound Telethon benefitting veterans with PTSD and TBI airing from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 on The Military Channel.

Details, provided in a news release, are as follows:

On Sunday, November 10, Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna will host HOMEWARD BOUND, (, a live four-hour national telethon to support American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Presented by Haven from the Storm and broadcast by the Military Channel (Discovery Communications) the telethon will be broadcast from the historic American Legion Hall #43 in Hollywood from 6 to 10 p.m., with phone banks manned by veterans, celebrities, and dignitaries. Connie Francis will co-host. Multiple Emmy-winner Gary Smith is executive producer, Lee Miller is producer and Gail Purse is co-producer/talent executive.

The broadcast will feature celebrities, music and comedy entertainment, telethon results and profiles of charities that will benefit from the telethon.

Haven From the Storm founder Leonard Wilf commented, “It’s important to recognize the valiant contributions made by brave American soldiers, veterans who protect our country, and return home with PTSD and TBI. This cause is in my heart and I suspect that’s true for many Americans who care.”

PEOPLE is teaming up with HOMEWARD BOUND because of the magazine’s commitment to providing assistance to men and women who served in the military.  A portion of the night’s proceeds will go to one of PEOPLE’s charities, Operation Finally Home, which has built more than 30 custom-designed mortgage free homes for wounded and disabled veterans.

A significant portion of the broadcast will be devoted to testimonials and personal stories from veterans and their families who have experienced difficulties as they returned from the battlefronts of World War II, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere:  These include: decorated war veterans Staff Sergeant Ty Carter (2013 Medal of Honor recipient) and Staff Sergeant Kyle Hausman-Stokes (Bronze Medal recipient); US Paralympic Medal Winner Lance Corporal Brandon Pelletier; actor/Navy SEAL Joel Lambert (“Manhunt”);  and Tuskegee Airman Lt. Bob Friend.

Among the celebrities who will appear or perform on the telethon include: Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Michael Weatherly, and David McCallum (NCIS); Patti Austin, Jason Bateman, James Brolin, Michael Feinstein, Connie Francis, Jason Gould, Charles Hirsch, Gloria Loring, Marty Papazian, Lou Diamond Phillips, Kevin Spacey, Steve Tyrell, and Ben Vereen.

Live performances by The American Military Spouses Choir, vocal groups Under The Streetlamp, Gentlemen’s Rule and The Temptations Review, and “So You Think You Can Dance” choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo will also be featured.

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