His first hospitalization came only two months after we first met in 2009. He was a corporal in the Marine Corps who served one tour in Iraq in 2003. He had a few noticeable PTSD symptoms but remained fairly social, very sweet and employed full time as an aircraft mechanic at our local Air Force base. But over the course of five years, I watched my best friend’s quality of life decline.
Director Tom Donahue brings to the GI Film Festival San Diego a documentary about the journey of four Iraq War Veterans with “Thank You for Your Service.”
Join director, Tom Donahue, producer, Ilan Arboleda, and Veteran William Rodriguez when they come to BUILD to take us through the making of their new film, “Thank You for Your Service.”
Producer/director Tom Donahue and U.S. Army Sgt. William Rodriguez discuss the forthcoming theatrical documentary, “Thank You For Your Service” on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. They explain the flawed mental health policies within the Armed Services and tragedies that have resulted.
On October 4, Movie Buzzers attended a special screening of the documentary Thank You For Your Service aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid in Manhattan. The film is a tragic investigation into the failing mental health policies within the U.S. military and focuses on how woefully unprepared the military has been in addressing these issues over the past several decades, but particularly since the beginning of the War on Terror.
"Donald Trump's comment about U.S. service members taking their own lives draws attention to the mental health crisis that continues to plague our military heroes and their families. The way that returning service members receive mental healthcare is grossly inadequate, and unfortunately, we are all too familiar with the tragic consequences that result from this lack of care. The first step towards solving this crisis is to create a Behavioral Health Corps, a single, unified corps that adequately addresses and provides access to the urgent and critical mental health needs of our nation's heroes. Mental health must be made a priority on par with physical health or this crisis will continue."