So last night I was reminded that my brother’s movie, “Wartorn: 1861-2010” was on HBO’s On Demand this week. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, I will kind of do anything to get you to. It’s difficult to express how much this movie’s subject means to me. So I’ll give you the basics.
Since the Civil War, many troops that have gone into battle showed problems when leaving the battlefield. While some suffered more severely than others, this epidemic has been much worse than most people realize. It’s been called “Shell Shock”, “Battle Fatigue”, and “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) by experts throughout the years and unfortunately, this biproduct of war was something my brother faced after his second tour of Iraq. Nathan was in many firefights and lost three close friends while serving in the United States Marine Corps. This movie tells what happened when he got back, along with stories of other families affected by it. Unfortunately, one of the worst parts of PTSD in our military is this issue of suicide. The statistics are staggering, and it’s really sad that the numbers are so high. 😦
This is a tough movie to watch, because it shows interviews of those directly affected by PTSD. The families share their own accounts, unscripted, and in their own words. These stories are from different types of families, all across the US. The hardest part is when World War 2 veterans talk about what it was like living their lives and keeping their secrets from their wives and children.
Please take some time this week to watch this movie. It literally will change the way you view our vets.
Thanks so much for reading. Please let people know, and purchase the movie for your family.