#1 Ben Richards, a combat veteran profiled in The New York Times on the trials of dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
#2 Greg Gadson, a double-amputee who remains on active duty as the Commander of Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He also starred in the Hollywood film “Battleship.”
#3 Captain Dawn Halfker, a wounded warrior who has become an inspiring young entrepreneur.
#4 Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs, co-chairman of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and television military commentator.
#5 Marine veteran Eric Hastings, founder of Warriors and Quiet Waters, a model of a community veteran-service organization in Bozeman, Montana, that uses the healing power of fly fishing to help heal the wounds of war.
#6 Jack Carney, a veteran of “Desert One,” the failed 1980 Iranian hostage rescue, who went on to lead the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, one of the most effective service-member and family assistance programs in the country.
#7 Combat veteran Dave Sutherland, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “point man” on veteran and family support issues. Sutherland now heads the Dixon Center for Military and Veteran Community Services.
#8 John Miller, a retired Air Force NCO who is still giving back.
#9 Deborah Snyder, a combat veteran who now helps other battle homelessness.
#10 Al Fracker, a golden-gloves boxing champ who took his fights from the ring to Afghanistan.
The film offers an overview of how the nation has treated its veterans from the American Revolution to the present. It then focuses on contemporary and future challenges of serving the nation’s veterans. The film runs less than 30 minutes in length, an ideal running time for viewing during a local community meeting.
Esprit de Corps, an all-volunteer, veteran-led 501(c)3 organization and ColdWater Media—a leading producer of powerful, cutting-edge documentaries—collaborated on the project.
The film was funded by generous donations from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Veteran Nation is available at no cost for community screenings.
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