Wartorn – HBO OnDemand This Week

Nate giving me a tat!!!

Nate giving me a tat!!!

Me, Mom and Dad at the Pentagon

Me, Mom and Dad at the Pentagon

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.



About Josh Damigo

Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way. After a traumatic family incident, Damigo retreated inward, and he ended up writing what would ultimately become his breakout debut, Raw. The album was true to its name and people noticed - Josh picked up two San Diego Music Awards for “Best Acoustic” and “Best Local Recording,” opened for the likes of Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, Eric Hutchinson, and Matt Nathanson, and had enough money and momentum to tour the country a few times over. A few years after Raw, there was his third release, Hope. Whereas Raw was a mostly acoustic, vulnerable affair, Hope was a celebration. Pleading and poignant, heartfelt and heavy hearted, it segued effortlessly from orchestral to alt-country, eventually landing him in the top 25 on the country charts. One of the hardest working indie singer/songwriters in Southern California, Damigo spent much of year with producer Mike Butler, gathering up some of the finest musicians in town, shaping his songs and sound further still for his latest album, "Just Give Me a Call", available now, on Randm Records. From the up-tempo single, “Just Give Me a Call”, to the simple sincerity of the ballad “Tennessee”, Josh’s songwriting skills are clear, his voice rings true and his goals remain the same as when he started - to keep making the best music he can, and to share it with all.
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One Response to Wartorn – HBO OnDemand This Week

  1. Kathi says:

    Saw it this weekend and was blown away by it..you are absolutely right, it certainly opens your eyes.
    Your brother’s story particularly touched my heart..have been Googling this morning, tracked down your blog and your mom’s blog.
    I will do my best in my own small way to spread the word about both the documentary, and your brother. You all are in my prayers.

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