Rolling Meadows soldier's TV show premieres tonight

  • Rolling Meadows resident Bryan Anderson, who lost both legs and part of his arm while serving in Iraq, will make his television hosting debut tonight with a documentary on WTTW-Channel 11.

    Rolling Meadows resident Bryan Anderson, who lost both legs and part of his arm while serving in Iraq, will make his television hosting debut tonight with a documentary on WTTW-Channel 11. Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 11/10/2011 1:04 PM

Local war veteran Bryan Anderson will make his television hosting debut tonight with a documentary on WTTW-Channel 11 highlighting volunteer work making a difference around the Chicago area.

Anderson, of Rolling Meadows, lost both legs and part of an arm in a 2005 roadside bomb explosion in Iraq. He spent nearly 13 months in recovery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

 

Since the explosion Anderson has traveled the country as a public speaker, actor, activist and spokesman. He recently penned a memoir about his experiences, "No Turning Back," explaining his positive attitude on life and how it helps him get through any challenge.

The documentary, "Reporting for Service with Bryan Anderson" profiles four nonprofit organizations around Chicago that show the value of volunteering.

"When I came home, Chicago embraced me," Anderson said of the program. "Now that I'm good, it's my turn to give back and showcase hidden heroes."

Plans may be in the works to expand the documentary into a series in which Anderson would highlight volunteer projects in other cities as well.

"Reporting for Service with Bryan Anderson" will premiere at 9 p.m. on WTTW-Channel 11.

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