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Local Veterans Organization Raises Awareness of Combat-Related Post Traumatic Stress

Still Serving Veterans (SSV), a local non-profit organization that takes a holistic approach to helping Veterans, will be showing a documentary nominated for several awards to help raise awareness of issues with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)‘Hell & Back Again’ will be shown on June 14th at Monaco Pictures on Bridge Street as a public service hosted by Still Serving Veterans.

There are now two showings, due to high interest in the event.  The first showing at 7 p.m. is filled, but Monaco has agreed to offer a second screening at 9:30 p.m.  The public is invited to attend free of charge. 

Still Serving Veterans has seen Veterans suffering with combat-related issues, and it is important that the general public understand what many of our Hero Veterans are going through. Studies indicate 500,000 Veterans suffer from PTSD, and 200,000 have Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Please refer Veterans to SSV for any need they may have. All services are delivered at no charge to the Veterans and their family members. SSV is connected to many organizations both locally and nationally that are out there to help Veterans, and refers clients to appropriate partner organizations.  You can call Still Serving Veterans at (256) 883-7035.

‘Hell & Back Again’ chronicles 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris, and the impact a Taliban machine gun bullet has on his life.  Photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis was embedded with U.S. Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, and then followed Sgt. Harris home to North Carolina, where he confronted the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife, Ashley.

“This film is to remind us that this country is at war. It’s easier to look away, to think of it as an abstraction,” said Dennis. “But when we forget the young Marines and soldiers dying in the dust, forget the Afghan people killed in the crossfire and forget the parents mourning the loss of their children, we deny their sacrifice and deny our own humanity.”

‘Hell & Back Again’ is a 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.  It also won the Grand Jury Prize and the Cinematography Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.