After a recent screening of Veteran Nation, two of the filmmakers from Esprit de Corps productions and Coldwater Media discussed the documentary in a half-hour "Q&A" with the audience. 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 documentary includes:riveting combat film from the front lines of today’s wars; rare historical photographs and archival footage; jaw-dropping animation; and, gripping interviews with veterans and experts. Including the inspiring stories of:
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.
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.”
Captain Dawn Halfker, a wounded warrior who has become an inspiring young entrepreneur.
Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Jack Jacobs, co-chairman of the
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and television military commentator.
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.
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.
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.
During this interview, they discuss why they made the film and what they hope to accomplish. They also share some moving personal stories from the making of the documentary.
Veteran Nation is available at no cost for community screenings.