A FILM BY NINA M. GILBERTI
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” ~ ABRAHAM LINCOLNContinue
JOSEPH L. GALLOWAY is an award winning combat correspondent, newspaper journalist, and co-author, with Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, of “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” a story of the battle at the Ia Drang Valley, the first major battle fought during the Vietnam war. The book was made into a movie, “We Were Soldiers.” Joe was portrayed by actor, Barry Pepper.
Joe speaks about his experiences during the Vietnam War and shares his thoughts about our veterans sacrifices and America’s apathy.Continue
Veteran suicides are 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.Continue
Every Sunday morning, rain or shine, on the beach by Santa Monica pier in California, crosses are meticulously placed in the sand at “Arlington West” representing the ultimate sacrifice- those who have lost their lives fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan & the battles lost due to the hidden wounds here at home.Continue
Often overlooked are the families of veterans, who suffer tremendously, trying to understand and find help for their sons and daughters who are fighting the invisible wounds of war- a battle of a different kind on the home front.
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- all share stories about their fathers’ return home, detailing the affects of the hidden wounds on the entire family.Continue
Back in 1995 a statistic read, “One-third of those living on the streets served in the Vietnam War.” Today, according to outreach workers who help the homeless- Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans who are homeless are rarely seen on the streets unlike the Vietnam War veterans. They are more likely to live in their cars, shelters, or “couch surf” with friends.
Joseph is a homeless Vietnam veteran living on the streets in Philadelphia. He speaks about his life today and the journey that led to his homelessness. It was an extremely cold day in December when we shot this footage. It is hard to imagine how anyone can survive living outdoors, especially in the winter months shielded only by a cardboard box.Continue
Veterans from all wars since WWII appear in this film and speak about Post Traumatic Stress and their process towards healing. Several WWII veterans including a Tuskegee Airman, a WWII Prisoner of War, and a female WWII veteran share their journey of returning home.
The late WWII veteran and acclaimed actor, Charles Durning, landed on Normandy beach on D-Day and also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He spoke about his service and the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) he carried back within him. We are extremely fortunate to have met this extraordinary man and have him be a part of this film.Continue