Free Interactive 3–Celebrating Military Families and Military Service

Live online November 14 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Central Time–To enroll for this program, click here.

As part of its celebration of November’s designation as Military Family Appreciation Month, Educate.Today invites you to hear stories from veterans, those currently serving in America’s military, and the families of veterans and those now serving as they share their experiences while serving our country.  Learn about organizations dedicated to serving and supporting military families, and share your own stories of serving yourself, living in a military family, or projects of your own that celebrate military families.  Join us November 14 for a day-long interactive experience entitled “Celebrating Military Families and Military Service.”  More program information is available in the Program Guide below.  

You can choose to watch online at any time.  All times are listed for the Central Time Zone; please adjust if/as needed for your time zone.

Program Schedule:

The program will occur online from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time.   Interactive chat, questions, and answers will be available online throughout the program.  From 8 a.m to 9:30 a.m. and again from 3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., you will have the opportunity to view archived videos at scheduled times via our home page “Live” banner.  From 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. you will have the opportunity to interact live with and learn from individuals currently serving in our armed forces, families of military personnel, veterans, and representatives of organizations committed to supporting military families, those on active duty, and/or veterans.  Send in your questions and comments to our guests and hear their responses.

8:00 a.,m. to 9:30 a.m. Central Time–Archived Videos Play On Schedule Via the Home Page “Live” Banner

Military 41: A Conversation with Veteran Carl Gable

Military 31: A Conversation with Air Force Veteran Jennifer Cunningham

Military 28: A Conversation with Carter Holt, IED Clearance Combat Engineer in Iraq and Afghanistan

Military 46: A Conversation with Korean War Veteran Claire Minie

Military 27: A Conversation with Tom Mohan, World War II Bombardier

Military 44: A Conversation with Three Generations of Veterans—The McHawes Family

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Central Time–Live Interactive Interviews–Participate in Chat, Send in your Questions

9:30 a.m. Central Time–Interaction with Michael Heitz, Disabled American Veterans

Interact with Michael Heitz from Disabled American Veterans who will share information about the organization and how it helps veterans adjust back to civilian life after leaving the service and continue to support them in a variety of ways.  More information about the organization can be found at

10:00 a.m. Central Time–Interaction with SSgt Richard L. Houle, USAF

Our guest for this session is SSgt Richard L. Houle, who served in the United States Air Force during the Bosnian conflict. He will share stories of his service and experiences during the Bosnian conflict, in Kuwait, and during the Kosovo Crisis, and answer your questions.

10:30 a.m. Central Time–Interaction with Darcella Craven, Veterans Business Resource Center

For this session, we’ll talk with Darcella Craven of the Veterans Business Resource Center, an organization designed to help soldiers transitioning to civilian life and other veterans with business advice, access to loans, and a wide variety of other services.  You can learn more about their organization at

11:00 a.m. Central Time–Interaction with Linda Ferguson, Jefferson Barracks Food Pantry

Join us to interact with Linda Ferguson from the Jefferson Barracks Food Pantry, a food pantry focused exclusively on helping those families currently in military service and veterans.  More information about the group’s work can be found at their Facebook page at

11:30 a.m. Central Time–Interaction with Corporal Joe Payne, USMC

Meet and ask your questions of Corporal Joe Payne, United States Marine Corps, who served in the Persian Gulf War.

Noon to 1 p.m. Central Time–Lunch Break Interviews

View two interviews–one with 2 Star Major General Stanley Hyman and another with US Marine Corps veteran Hank Harrison.

1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Central Time–Interaction with Vanniecia Brown, St. Louis Fisher House

Learn about the Fisher House, a home away from home for military families as their loved one undergoes medical treatment at a VA Hospital.  Ask your question of Vanniecia Brown, administrator of the St. Louis Fisher House.

1:30 to 2:00 p.m. Central Time–Interaction with Lt. Col. Angela Ochoa, USAF

Meet and ask your questions of this mother and Air Force pilot.  Find out about the challenges and opportunities in her job, how she balances work and home life, and what is’ like to be a pilot in today’s Air Force.

2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Central Time–Interact with Students at Scott Elementary School

Located next to Scott Air Force Base, Scott Elementary School is a public school whose student body is 100% military families.  Meet some student and parents and find out what it’s like to be part of a military family.

2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Central Time–Interaction with Jennifer Singleton, Dogs for Our Brave

Interact with a puppy in training with Dogs for Our Brave that will become the service/support dog for a veteran in need.  Find out about this organization and ask your questions of its representative joining us.

3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Central Time–Interaction with Russell Avery, USO of Missouri

Meet and ask your questions of Russell Avery and find out how the USO of Missouri and USOs nationally and world-wide support our troops in service.

3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time–Archived Videos Play On Schedule Via the Home Page “Live” Banner

Military 10: Legendary WWII and Test Pilot Bob Little

Military 11: History in the First Person—Veterans Day 2015 Vietnam

Military 12: History in the First Person: Veterans Day 2014–Vietnam War Navy Pilot Bill Stryker and World War II Bombardier Ralph Goldsticker

Military 49: A Conversation with Iraq War Veteran David Longhibler

Military 40: A Conversation with World War II Veteran Richard Gearhart

Military 39: A Conversation with Nick Kundert, US Marine Who Served in Iraq

Military 13: History in the First Person: Veterans Day 2014–WWII and Battle of the Bulge

Military 23: A Conversation with Dr. Herman Harris—20 Year Army Veteran

Military 24: A Conversation with Master Sergeant Phyllis Williams

Military 33: A Conversation with Shakeya Calloway—Iraq Veteran and Veterans Readjustment Counselor

Military 35: A Conversation with Air Force Veteran Philip Kempland

Military 21: A Tribute to Our Nation’s Veterans

Teacher Tools

Teacher Tool 362: Celebrating Military Families and Military Service Program Guide

Use this study guide to learn more about our upcoming November 14 free interactive program, "Celebrating Military Families and Military Service." The document includes: program objectives, a detailed program description, related curriculum standards, and suggested pre-program and post-program activity suggestions.


Teacher Tool 363: Celebrating Military Families and Military Service Advance Questions Worksheet

Use this form to send us your advance questions for our "Celebrating Military Families and Military Service" interactive program. In order to be considered for inclusion in the live program, be sure to e-mail them to us at no later than November 9.