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Veterans Struggles Dramatized in Theatre

On Veteran’s Day, the Hollywood American Legion Post 43 in Los Angeles Liberty Theater presented the world premiere of Everything In Between, a play dealing with four generations of vets and their unique difficulties after coming home.

“Invisible injuries, often with devastating consequences, follow our soldiers back home. I have always had a story in my head about different generations of Veterans, from all branches of the military, coming together to help one another heal. It’s about the human condition we all share and the specific condition that veterans share, along with the hope that things are somehow going to get better,” explains Rebecca Stahl, playwright.

The American Legion was formed in 1919 to give all veterans a place to congregate together in fellowship as well as memorial. The Hollywood post raised funds with the help of A-listers Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Ida Lupino Clark Gable, Rudolph Valentino, Clara Bow, Mary Pickford, and the Marx Brothers who attended their boxing matches along side blue-collar patrons. The building described as “military in character and a dignified solution to the problem of combining a memorial and a clubhouse,” by the Los Angeles Times was opened on July 4, 1929.

The play was produced by the community veterans’ organization, Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion. The cast, crew, and design team include U.S. military veterans.

Everything In Between opened on November 11th (Veteran’s Day) and ran through December 11, 2016.

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Veterans Use Music As Therapy

Richard Casper wanted to do something to assist other veterans as they transitioned from service to civilian life, so he founded Creativets. With the help of professional singer/songwriters, Richard uses music and arts as a means of therapy for veterans. Creativets allows veterans to travel to Nashville, as an example, where they share their war time experience with talented musicians, who help them tell their story through song.

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Veterans in film – Last Days of Vietnam

Veterans in film: April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or even death.

Learn more at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/trailer/lastdays-trailer/

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Veterans On The Homefront

With unprecedented access and filmed over 14 months, The Homefront creates a series of intimate portraits — following families through the difficulties of deployment, the joys of homecoming and the challenges of veterans reintegrating as a family after many months apart.

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recalls in his interview for The Homefront a time when the military’s view on families was summed up by the phrase, “if the Army wanted you to have a family, they would have issued you one.” Now, he says, “the strength of the armed forces of the United States is as much about its families as it is about its combat capability.”

In The Homefront, viewers will meet a cross-section of America’s military community: soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, some in the active duty force, and some in the National Guard and Reserve. Representing many ranks, and drawn from across the country, these families illustrate what it means to serve.

From an Army Staff Sergeant torn between family and military duty, to a Marine Gunnery Sergeant struggling to reconnect with his wife and children after a long deployment, to a Navy Command Master Chief whose husband has given up his own career to raise their children, The Homefront reveals that in the military, family life is never routine.

view it here: http://www.pbs.org/veterans/stories-of-service/stream-tv/a-to-z/homefront/

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Disney Supporting Veterans

Veterans like Sean Bode often put their demons in a shoebox and kick it under the bed after the war. With a family and a great job at Walt Disney World Resorts, life seemed perfect. But not all demons stay put.

Sean and his wife, Sarah, generously shared their story to help people understand what Disney is doing is doing to support vets – and other companies – with the tools needed to develop strong employees, people and community leaders.

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VETERANS COMING HOME (VCH) is a project by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kindling Group, and Wisconsin Public Television. This video was made with support from WUCF TV in Orlando, Florida.

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