The suicide rate among veterans is staggering. An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide in the United States EVERY DAY according to a recent study done by the Department of Veterans Affairs made public on February 1, 2013.
Lance Corporal Jeffrey Michael Lucey served in the Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned home a different man- forever changed by war due to PTSD and a failed system. Jeff succumbed to those hidden wounds by suicide. This film shares the heartbreaking stories of four families and their sons painful journey which led them to committing suicide. They agreed to share their stories with the hope of helping others and preventing more suicides.
Ron Kovic, Vietnam veteran, peace activist and author of “Born on the Fourth of July” speaks about his journey from despair to hope. Ron endorses this film saying, “When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless is one of the most important documentaries being made at this time.”
Often overlooked, the families of veterans suffer tremendously while trying to understand and find help for sons and daughters fighting the invisible wounds of war- a battle of a different kind.
In this film, we meet families of men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as daughters of WWII and Vietnam War veterans, who share stories about their fathers’ return home, detailing the effects of their hidden wounds on the entire family.
A FILM BY NINA M. GILBERTI
“Not to him who is offensive to us are we most unfair, but to him who doth not concern us at all.” – Nietzsche