Take a Journey With Healing Veterans in 'The Battle Back Home'
"When I got released, my reintegration was 'Go check in at the VA, man.'"
Considering how much we as a nation both ask of our armed forces and take them for granted, the amount we give back has always been disproportionately small. But one organization is changing that.
"There really was nothing there, and we kept saying, 'Somebody's gotta do something.' Finally we just looked around and said, 'Well, why shouldn't it be us?'" explained Steve Nardizzi, executive director of the Wounded Warrior Project.
That was 10 years ago. To celebrate WWP's decade of serving veterans, the group co-produced – together with Austin-based Flow Nonfiction – Wounded: The Battle Back Home, a 10-part documentary series that follows individuals returning from war as they battle with depression, PTSD, drug abuse, physical disabilities, and rejoining society one step at a time. The series premiere is tomorrow morning on MSNBC, just in time for Veterans Day, but new installments will air over the course of the next year.
The heartwrenching stories these men and women have to share aren't always pleasant – they've lost friends, health, and mental wellbeing in war – but their determination, openness, and courage are inspirational to the nth degree. As they reintegrate into society, some of them have found passion projects that have proven to be literal life savers for them, be it music or education or physical milestones, thanks in no small part to the WWP. The first episode features Shane Krutchen, who struggled with PTSD, drug addiction, and suicidal thoughts and actions before he found his place in the world of mixed martial arts.
You can watch the trailer for the series below, and learn more about Flow Nonfiction (co-founded by University of Texas alum David Modigliani) and its cause-driven docs at www.flownonfiction.com.
Wounded: The Battle Back Home (Remember) airs Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11am CT as part of “Taking the Hill” on MSNBC.