By Tim Saunders on
John Mayer is set to join Elmo, Big Bird and the rest of the Sesame Street gang in a TV special raising children’s awareness of the struggles of military families.
“Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change” will air on PBS on April 1, and tells the stories of U.S. service members who return home with injuries — visible and invisible — and explores the struggles their families face. Produced by Sesame Workshop and David Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants Inc, the show will also feature other famous faces such as Queen Latifah.
“As America’s public broadcaster, PBS is proud to bring resources and tools to families that help them navigate their way through life,” John F. Wilson, chief TV programming executive for PBS, said in a statement. “These stories of courage and strength from military moms and dads will not only help reach and support families facing similar challenges, but also illustrate to all Americans the extraordinary sacrifices these military families make every day.”
Sesame Workshop has spent the past two years creating outreach materials to help military families with young children cope with deployments, homecomings and changes. In 2007, they produced a PBS another primetime special with Cuba Gooding Jr.. When Parents Are Deployed went on to earn an Emmy nomination.
“The men and women of our military have made indescribable sacrifices,” said David Letterman. “The very least we can do is tell their stories, and to honor the bravery and strength of both the soldiers and their families.”
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