I heard a news clip about Listen to a Veteran, so I was excited when my Is Anybody Listening? documentary DVD arrived.
There is no doubt that war related stress has reached crisis level.
Things need to change for veterans and, also, for those of us who are watching from the outside.
This has certainly been an issue during previous wars and in different parts of the world, but the current suicide rate for those who have served in the US military is staggering.
The project is twofold, so it is designed to help veterans and the rest of us.
Veterans need to speak their truth and they need to be heard.
The rest of us need to hear it, really hear it.
My dad didn’t talk about WW2 much, when I was growing up. However, the last few years of his life, he opened up.
Learning more about that part of his life, definitely gave me a deeper understanding of him and that part of world history.
The documentary is sobering and full of hope. I definitely recommend it, but not for a casual, fun movie night.
Watch it, when you are ready to expand your understanding and empathy.
Release Date February 18, 2020
Psychologist and author Paula J. Caplan grew up listening to stories her beloved father, Jerome A. Caplan, told about being Captain of an all-Black battery in The Battle of the Bulge.
Bewildered at her inability to remember those stories, she met with and listen to hundreds of veterans whose deeply human reactions to war and rape are mistakenly, alarmingly diagnosed as mental illness.
This moved Paula to set up the nationwide non-profit Listen to a Veteran.
This enables non-veterans to listen in wholehearted, respectful silence to whatever a veteran wants to say, reducing veterans’ soul-crushing isolation and non-veterans’ illiteracy about war and rape.
Paula takes us on her journey across the soul-destroying chasm between military veterans and others.
We’ll see archival footage, visual art, and interviews with veterans including a 96-year-old Black man, Isaac Pope, who served with her father.
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