‘Dirty Jobs’ Star Mike Rowe ‘Returning the Favor’ on Veterans Day 2020

by Keeli Parkey

Mike Rowe is out to honor those who have served in the armed forces this Veterans Day.

“Like a lot of people I spent a lot of my life taking veterans for granted – out of sight, out of mind,” the Emmy-winning TV host told Fox News. “Sure, I was grateful. I knew they were risking their lives for me. But when you don’t see it day after day, you become disconnected from it… And if you don’t see it, it’s not on the top of your mind.”

Fox News is reporting that Rowe is releasing a special episode of his Facebook Watch Show, “Returning the Favor,” on Wednesday, Nov. 11. According to the new show’s Facebook page, Rowe is traveling “the country in search of remarkable people making a difference in their communities.”

The episode airing on Veterans Day focuses on Dan Waite from Turner, Maine. Waite started the nonprofit organization Operation Reboot Outdoors after being outdoors helped him deal with his PTSD.

“Dan didn’t start [his organization] to help other people – he was trying to save his own life,” Mike Rowe explained to Fox News. “He was up against the wall. … He was not assimilating properly when he returned home. So, he went into the woods and lived off the land. He hunted, fished and reconnected with nature. It had a huge impact on him. As a result, he began to invite other veterans to come on these adventures with him. The results were somewhere between therapeutic and miraculous.”

Most importantly, Rowe is asking others to thank veterans every day.

“Just at a restaurant alone, there are a lot of very simple ways to say thank you. …” he told Fox News.

Rowe is also reportedly planning to bring back his popular show, “Dirty Jobs,” with the series, “Dirty Jobs: Rowe’d Trip.”