A service member’s struggle isn’t over when he or she drops their pack and falls into the arms of their loved ones back home. The scars of war follow them for years, and sometimes a lifetime.
Director Danfung Dennis sought to chronicle that struggle in his award-winning documentary "Hell And Back Again".
Still Serving Veterans hosted two free screenings of the film at Monaco Pictures on Thursday evening.
"Hell and Back Again" documents the journey of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris of the U.S. Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan.
After being wounded in combat, Harris returned home to his family in North Carolina.
"War is hell. There are life changing, long-range consequences of war," said William Webb, president of Still Serving Veterans. "Both for the warriors and their family members."
In the United States about 500,000 veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Another 200,000 suffer from traumatic brain injury.
"They have done noble things in treacherous places, serving for us. And this documentary will make people aware of the need to really embrace them and support them when they come home," said Webb.
Brenda Moss is the mother of a soon-to-be-retired Marine who has served for 20 years. Moss remembers sitting up long nights with her son when he would return home from a tour of duty.
"It was very emotional because outside injuries were few, but inside there are a lot of emotions that they don't want to talk about it," said Moss. "Everybody takes for granted that you can go to sleep at night and do the things you want to do. These men and women give their lives."