Variety, History Channel Announces Fourth Special Salute to Service

  • November 11, 2023

For the fourth year in a row, Variety and the History Channel will air their “Variety Salute to Service” special that focuses on honoring the contributions of veterans and military families. This year’s special will be hosted by Marine Corp and Navy veteran Montel Williams. The special, produced by A+E Factual Studios, will premiere on the History Channel on Nov. 11 at 7 pm ET/PT.

“Variety Salute to Service” profiles extraordinary veterans who now continue to give back to communities and support other veterans through a variety of programs. The one-hour special also showcases companies and nonprofits that help veterans transition into jobs and activities that are in demand in the community.

“The History Channel has had an enduring commitment to honoring our nation’s veterans and military families,” said Paul Buccieri, President and Chairman, A+E Networks Group. “We are honored to partner with Variety for the fourth year in a row to remember these heroic men and women and shine a light on the selfless ways they continue to contribute to our communities after their time in the military. The special also highlights the outstanding programs of Optimum, a leader in supporting veterans and military families on Veterans Day and throughout the year.

The following veterans and their organizations of choice will be highlighted in this year’s special:

Elton Hart – Fmr GMM3, US Navy – Optimum
Nate Boyer – Fmr Staff Sgt., US Army – Bringing Doctors and Players Together
PT Bratton – Fmr Staff Sgt., US Air Force – Armed Services Arts Partnership
Dana Cummings – Fmr Cpl., US Marine Corps – AmpSurf
Christy Gardner – Sgt., US Army (Ret.) – Mission Working Dogs
Cedric King – Master Sgt., US Army (Ret.) – Gary Sinise Foundation
Jeremy Locke – Sgt. 1st Class, US Army (Ret.) – Air recovery

“We are proud to host Salute to Service for the fourth year in a row to honor those who have given so much to keep our country safe and strong,” said Dea Lawrence, Chief Operating and Marketing Officer, Variety. “Thank you for your continued support of this important program for The History Channel,” he added.

Additionally, the History Channel will feature another honoree, Melody Geddis McFadden, a former US Marshal, minister, gun violence survivor and activist, and Moms Demand Action organization. A short clip will premiere on the History’s Military Heroes YouTube channel and excerpts from the honoree will be featured on youtube.com/@militaryheroes following the History premiere.

“Variety Salute to Service” is produced by A+E Factual Studios for the History Channel. Annie Allen, Sharon Scott, Kristy Sabat and Jessica Conway serve as executive producers for A+E Factual Studios. Millie Chiavelli, Dea Lawrence, Claudia Eller and Michelle Sobrino-Stearns are executive producers for Variety. Alex Hicks is an executive producer for the History Channel.