Veteran's Day: What It’s Like to Live With a Veteran Who Has PTSD

Veteran's Day: What It’s Like to Live With a Veteran Who Has PTSD

It’s common for a combat veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to relapse up to five years after combat. It just so happens that I met my husband Kenny during his.

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.

New York Times Review: ‘Thank You for Your Service,’ Stories of Soldiers and Suicide

New York Times Review: ‘Thank You for Your Service,’ Stories of Soldiers and Suicide

“Thank You for Your Service” starts with a frantic, tear-filled 911 call reporting a suicide. It’s a gut-wrenching moment in a documentary that’s filled with them, and with scenes that make you want to scream in frustration at the bureaucracy faced by combat veterans seeking mental health services.

Film exposes mental health crisis in the military

Film exposes mental health crisis in the military

CHATHAM – During the 88 minutes it takes to watch the documentary, "Thank You For Your Service," a veteran will have taken his own life.

This fact is one of many in this award-winning film with an overall message: There needs to be more focus on mental illness and the military.

VIDEO: Suicides Among U.S. Solders Examined in New Movie

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. 

From Movie Buzzers: How to Bring ‘Thank You For Your Service’ to a Theater Near You

From Movie Buzzers: How to Bring ‘Thank You For Your Service’ to a Theater Near You

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.

OnlyOnAOL: PTSD filmmakers, veteran respond to Trump's comments

OnlyOnAOL: PTSD filmmakers, veteran respond to Trump's comments

"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."