Wartorn 1861-2010 (DVD)
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Beginning with the first documented cases from the Civil War, the film examines occurrences of PTSD through two World Wars and Vietnam, as well as more recent cases involving soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The stories are told through soldiers’ revealing letters and journals; photographs and combat footage; first-person interviews with veterans of WWII, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and interviews with family members of soldiers with PTSD.
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The first was a Union soldier back in 1861 who committed suicide. Then there is a mother whom talks about her son that shot himself after coming back from Iraq. There is another segment in the film where a young soldier comes home from Iraq and within a month was arrested for putting a gun to a middle eastern taxi driver man's head. This is a sad segment, as well as the part in the film where a father of two explains how his son knew he was going crazy, but was not listened to by the military doctors and was told he was faking it and to get back to his room. Well they gave him his gun and bullets and set him to his room, as well as told his fellow soldiers to leave him alone and let him be...he shot himself back in his room. The last segment of this documentary was about a man who did 3 or 4 tours in Iraq and was discharged due to him losing it. The film shows him at his house looking at photos from Iraq and describing his feeling towards them.Read more ›
Touching on one or two soldiers from every major war, beginning with the Civil War and ending with the Iraq War, this film allows the victims and their families to tell the stories in their own words, at their own pace. Letters from a young Civil War victim, read in a gradually weakening, quavering voice by an actor, are as effective as the face-to-face interviews with the present soldiers.
I was most touched by the fact that WWII and Korean vets have benefitted the most, even if it is far too late, from recognition/treatments. The stories of several WWII vets will leave you in tears - but you will cry as much for the Iraq War vets and their stories. One came home and committed suicide; another young soldier drunkenly shot a Middle Eastern cab driver, thinking he was back in Iraq. After he was arrested he realized he wasn't having a nightmare - it was real. He received 6 years in the slam.
Notable is the lack of interviews with Korean War vets, and I think only two Vietnam vets are interviewed. The pace is crisp, the condition, while not defined or delineated properly, is explained so well through the victims themselves. In spite of the dreadful photos and film shown here, I think this should be part of American schools' curriculum. Kids and even soldiers' families need to learn about this.Read more ›
It should be watched not just once, but several times spread out so that the individual can appreciate the material fully. We use this dvd in all of our training courses for civilians who are either working with or have a desire to learn more about the emotional and spiritual injuries that are most commonly thought of as happening with military personnel. For additional training information and training opportunities go to "LMVFM.org".
Watching this with my wife, a mental health professional with the VA who specializes in PTSD treatment, we were both waiting for the documentary to discuss the latest efforts by the VA to treat OIF and OEF veterans with PTSD and TBI's, which has become a VA priority. In the last couple of years, new treatments and therapies have been implemented that have had positive results for the veterans treated.
I think that the producers should revisit and update this documentary to show that the VA and the military are trying to fix the mistakes of not offering adequate or enough treatment in previous years, and that PTSD treatment is now a priority in order to help veterans live their lives successfully.
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Sobering review of PTSD and its effects from civil war to current day.Published 7 months ago by D. H. Mitchell Jr.
As a Vietnam veteran w/ PTSD, I wish this had been available for us when we returned home. Very well done. Thank you.Published 20 months ago by James R. Carmichael, Jr.
Very interesting interviews. Gandolfini's "Alive Day Memories" is great also. Clearly evident that our service men and women don't just "get over it". Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Christina
THIS MOVIE SHOULD BE REQUIRED VIEWING BY ALL WHO HAVE SERVED IN COMBAT, AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE SIGNING UPPublished on October 29, 2013 by LRMOOREJ
As I write this in 2013 the United States is still warring with and occupying Afghanistan and, albeit with even less publicity, Iraq. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Jim LaRegina
I won't tear down any Movie--BUT--Not enough on the War between the States--No way worth $15-- Regeneration is one of the best Movies I've seen on PTSD/ETC,ETC.Published on July 8, 2013 by lanny e morse