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Miles Teller Stars as a Troubled Soldier Returning Home in THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

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Jeri Jacquin

This week in theaters is the film THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE based on the award winning book Thank You For Your Service written by David Finkel. Telling the story of soldiers returning home and their difficulty in readjusting to civilian life and family, this film centers on the life of one such soldier, Adam Schumann.

Schumann returns home to discover that fitting back into a life he once knew isn’t happening. Trying to do what’s best, he keeps what happened in Iraq to himself only discussing it with other soldiers in his infantry. It becomes clear that they too are having a difficult time finding their place in life.

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When one of their friends chooses a different way to handle it all, it becomes clear to his wife that Schumann needs help. They turn to the VA and learn that getting that help is frustrating and a system that is overloaded with bureaucracy. Schumann tries to come to terms with an event that happened in Iraq while also continuing to help his men also find help.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE is a startling look at the soldiers who return home to a broken system and showing how PTSD is shows itself in different ways and can not be labeled quite so easily.

Actor Miles Teller portrays Adam Schumann in THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. This is the second week that Teller is portraying a person who serves our country. Last week he took the role of Brendan McDonough, the only survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in the film ONLY THE BRAVE.

I had the opportunity to speak with Miles about his role as Adam Schumann and portraying this real life soldier on the issues of PTSD and bringing light to such an important issues for all U.S. military.

Jeri Jacquin: Thank you for talking with me today Miles, I appreciate it and I know you must be busy.

Miles Teller: I am busy but I have to say I’m enjoying it.

JJ: That’s good to hear. What drew you to THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE?

MT: I have always had a lot of respect for the military and I felt like Adam’s story was extremely powerful so I wanted to help tell it. I felt a responsibility actually.

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JJ: I spoke with Adam, what an amazing young man.

MT: Adam is an incredible person.

JJ: When you read the script, is there anything that jumped out at you the most?

MT: I think just the struggle is what I find actually incredible. We don’t have any integration programs for our soldiers who are in war one day and the next week are home making pancakes for their family as in the case of Adam. It is something that he’s not able to talk to his wife about and that’s extremely difficult.

JJ: It’s a story of the struggle to go from one extreme to the other so quickly.

MT: Yes, it is incomprehensible to us as civilians but I felt by doing this film I was able to empathize and appreciate in such a way that I am grateful for. It helps you understand the struggle these soldiers are going through. Millions of soldiers are dealing with PTSD and it’s tough.

JJ: It’s a big issues and a difficult one as well. How did you prepare to play that role?

MT: I read some books and I watched a lot of interviews and documentaries. I was able to spend some time with Adam and other veterans as well. They put us through a boot camp as well and through all of these resources I was able to come up with this portrayal.

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JJ: When you first began filming, was it hard to find your step when it comes to the scenes dealing with PTSD?

MT: Absolutely, every day on this film I was nervous about messing it up. I know how heavily this film and this performance was going to be scrutinized because I am representing our military. I was representing a staff Sgt. in the Army and I am aware of how much they sacrifice to have that job title. I was extremely nervous. Everyday on set I was telling myself ‘I hope I don’t mess this up’.

JJ: You probably had a lot of military eyes watching what you were doing.

MT: Our cast was really strong in this and the fact that we all went through a boot camp helped us with the sense of responsibility we all felt. This is a real life responsibility to the men and women we were portraying and I think everyone wanted to get it right. We had a lot of people steering us in that direction.

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JJ: Speaking of boot camp how did you like that?

MT: It was tough and a kick in the guts but I think we were all grateful for it to be honest with you. When we were doing it, it sucked and it was really uncomfortable and tough to do but once we got done it was good. It was team work oriented and if you are making a film like this it is a feeling that we are all in it together and it’s not about just one person. We got to experience that in the boot camp and we all benefited from it.

JJ: They must have put you all through the ringer.

MT: It was a very intensive boot camp for sure.

JJ: During that time did you feel like there was a sense of coming together?

MT: Absolutely, I don’t think anything bonds people like collective suffering.

JJ: The film bounces between what happens in Iraq to what happens at home. The scenes in Iraq are very intense, how was that for you to deal with?

MT: I think we were actually excited at that point because we had been trained tactically and trained to move as a unit. We learned to shoot M-4’s and wear the gear that came along with an objective and a mission. When you are a kid you play cops n’ robbers or soldiers, you know, make believe, but this is that at its highest level. Of course I’m not glorifying that because the difference is that what the soldiers did was very real and in filming the scenes we got to go home at the end of the day.

JJ: I understand what you are saying. You are all portraying an event that is very intense and you have to use that build up of the training in boot camp in order to do the scene justice.

MT: Yes, exactly. What was specific about this is that it’s not a lot of taking shots at the enemy, it was a 360 warfare. It wasn’t just about waiting to be shot at but driving around in humvees not knowing what could be on the road. They are going out multiple times a day every day and still not knowing what could be on that road.

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JJ: I was talking to Adam about the phrase ‘thank you for your service’, what does that mean for you?

MT: It’s just something that has become part of the national lexicon when meeting somebody who is in the armed services. I’m interested in it and it’s something that people say who don’t have the full understanding of the soldier’s experience. These guys don’t want to be thanked. Adam didn’t do what he did to be thanked or congratulated by civilians. He was doing his job. It’s also the end of a conversation where civilians distance themselves from soldiers. It’s thanking them without actually getting into a deep conversation with a soldier. I think that’s unfortunate. I think the divide between soldier and civilian is wider than it has ever been. I’m hoping this film shortens the divide and brings the us all together making us all part of it under the flag.

JJ: Instead of ‘thank you for your service’ we can change it to ‘how are you doing?’ to really bring out a conversation.

MT: Yes, that’s great. I guy shook Adam’s hand and said ‘welcome home’ which turned out to be the most powerful thing anyone had said to him. He said he broke down in tears after that.

JJ: This is such an intense film in the sense that it’s about both physical and emotional pain of reaching out for help, when viewers leave the theatre, what do you hope they take with them Miles?

MT: I hope that the film creates some empathy and I hope it creates a discussion. I think in our country these soldiers are the biggest group that need help. These soldiers are suffering and it’s so much more than PTSD. It’s not like previous soldiers who came home and just didn’t talk about it. I hope this film can be informative, enlightening and humanizes what our soldiers are dealing with. I hope there are a whole range of emotions that bring about discussion of what they are going through. We need to close that gap between civilian and veteran most definitely.

JJ: I want you to know I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me Miles. This is a tough subject to bring to film and thank you for taking on the role.

MT: Thank you Jeri, these are the kind of stories I want to tell and I’m glad that it’s getting to see the light of day.

 

Miles Teller has taken the role of Adam Schumann and given is every range of emotion possible. Some are subtle and most are heart breaking and it is for the viewer to come away realizing that our military need us just as much as we need them.

Embracing this story is just the beginning as more films about our military and their struggles come to the forefront. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE is one such telling of a young man who wanted to stay strong for his platoon and the men he felt responsible for while also finding the life he left behind.

Coming to theatres is THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE and DreamWorks along with Universal Pictures and AMC are making tickets available for service members. For more information on how the tickets will be made available, please visit www.ThankYouForYourService.com.

 

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Speaking with Adam Schumann

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to theatres from director Jason Hall, DreamWorks and Universal Pictures is a story based on the book by David Finkel that reminds us to sincerely say THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) is a soldier returning from Iraq with wife Saskia (Haley Bennett) waiting. The transition is made more difficult when Adam struggles to fit in at home once again. Memories on the battlefield not only follow him home, but his buddies Solo (Beulah Koale), Dante (Omar J. Dorsey) and Doster (Brad Beyer) as well.

When buddy Mike (Scott Haze) shows up, Adam understands what he is going through and offers him a spot on the couch. Each of these men need so much more and feel that no one is listening. As Adam becomes more and more disconnected from everything around him, Saskia knows it’s time to find help where ever they can.

That’s when dealing with the VA begins and the complications of helping returning vets. Hearing of a place that might have a space opening up soon, at the last minute Adam gives it to one of the others believing it’s his obligation to help the guys in his unit. But what he carries inside him about an event in Iraq finally comes to the surface and Adam knows its time to speak openly.

He is one of thousands and it’s time we hear them all!

I had the opportunity to speak with Adam Schumann himself about his experiences in watching his story come to the screen and how he is doing now.

Jeri Jacquin: Hello Adam, I truly appreciate you taking the time to talk with me today.

AS: Hi Jeri, I have to thank you too for hanging out with me today.

JJ: My apologies in advance because I’m sure you have been asked this question before but can you tell me your thoughts on hearing your story was being made into a film?

AS: I actually thought ‘great if it happens!’ and I didn’t give it much thought after that really. I wasn’t sure how they were going to put my life into a movie at first actually; it seemed a task in itself.

JJ: What was the experience like for you?

AS: It has been a long process working on the film and helping this thing come to fruition. It has been a spectacular journey and I’m so glad they let me be a part of it all.

JJ: What was your role in THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE?

AS: I was kind of a technical adviser making sure all the uniforms were right and if something was off I would let them know. Jason [director] says my fingerprints are all over the film! Oh, the radio in the humvee that you hear is my voice as well. I wrote all the dialogue and talk on the radio for the background. I had a cameo where I get to welcome ‘myself’ home too. I also sing the final credit song with Bruce Springsteen.

JJ: Oh no way, seriously?

AS: Yes! That is an old Army cadence I was singing in the shower one day and it turns out that Bruce Springsteen liked it. He sang it and had me sing the back up and the chorus with him. It was amazing that we worked on it together.

JJ: So that’s a little bit of a mind blower!

AS: Right? I mean…yea! I also got to work with the actors and do some weapons training too. I did everything I could and help in any way I could and I would even carry things around the set because I wanted to be of help in all ways. I was so happy to be working on this.

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JJ: These are hard questions sometimes for me to ask sometimes because as a mom of a three-tour veteran there is a line I don’t want to cross which conflicts with the writer in me who knows I need to ask the questions.

AS: What branch and did your son do?

JJ: He was in the Army and drove humvee’s and tanks.

AS: Well, please ask what ever questions you like and don’t worry.

JJ: Thank you, so lets go for the big question then, when you were participating and watching THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE being made, how was it for you to see it all come back in a way.

AS: It was very therapeutic actually, it’s not often you get to take a trip down memory lane and I mean really take that trip down memory lane. It’s a chance to dig into it and I mean really dig into it and relive each experience and then have everyone around you sharing it and working on that very same memory in a movie. There were tough days where we would shoot certain scenes and it was difficult but overall it was just very therapeutic. I actually think it was the best therapy I’ve had in the past ten years.

JJ: I wasn’t expecting that answer.

AS: Well, you get to see your progress. You look back at how bad it was and I look at myself in the mirror today and I’m still here, I’m still kicking and I’m not stopping so – it’s good.

JJ: I’m sure it was strange to watch Miles Teller portray you because you are watching you.

AS: He’s great. I guess when I see Miles I see anyone who was in that position in Iraq at that time. He is an Infantry Squad Leader trying to take care of his guys while at the same time he has a wife and child at home. I guess I look at it like he represents hundreds of thousands of people in that situation, not just me.

JJ: With what you went through, digging into your life, how has what you experienced changed you?

AS: Wow, I would like to think it has changed me for the better. I think I have a better understanding of sensitivity toward humanity and maybe more empathy. I don’t know, I just think that now I’m here and can look back at it all it’s made me a stronger and better person – that’s it.

JJ: The film deals a lot with PTSD and once the film is over there are so many questions on how to deal with this issue. The barriers are heartbreaking so for you, how did you deal with those barriers?

AS: I really just wanted to get better and I really wanted to be myself again. Every time I would run into a door or barrier I would just figure out a way around it. It was probably the hardest fight of my life to just get back to who I was and the biggest revelation of that is that you are not going to get back to who you were before. You are not going to be that person again after an experience like that. It was just fighting every step of the way because I wanted to be better for my kid and for my wife. I wanted to be happy again.

JJ: I know there are so many soldiers out there going through the same situation and no one can understand that fight but soldiers.

AS: I had my days where I wanted to give up and you see that in the film. When some small little nuisance in your life trips you up you want to throw your hands up in the air. I don’t know what kept bringing me back, I really don’t. It’s crazy thinking about it now going through all of that.

JJ: When I was watching the film knowing that there is more than one person going through this but actually thousands of people its astounding.

AS: There are hundreds of thousands because there were 2.5 million soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last sixteen years. They say one in five has TDI or PTSD so you are looking at five hundred thousand people at least – at least! That’s a big number.

JJ: That’s a staggering number and as a parent you look at your child and see them struggling and you wonder ‘how do other parents do this?’ It’s not like when they were teenagers and you do the ‘straighten up and fly right’ parental attitude. How has this been for your family?

AS: Saskia and I divorced a bit after David Finkel wrote the book Thank You For Your Service but now it’s actually been good. We live in the same town and we split the kids week on and week off. The kids are extremely happy and thriving and Saskia is remarried and happy. I’m just doing my thing and I’m happy. Everybody is actually doing really well.

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JJ: So what is your thing now?

AS: I hunt and fish a lot. That’s my thing! When I’m not doing the full time dad gig, I do a little bit of work and then I try to go hunting or fishing everyday.

JJ: What are you fishing for? I saw a photo of you with a fish and it was huge!

AS: It doesn’t matter to me, if there is water I’m going to fish in it. It does not matter. I usually go out and catch dinner, get some veggies and that’s my day.

JJ: It’s not a bad day.

AS: I’m just trying to keep it simple and keep it light. I’m trying to go back to the things I missed when I was in really bad places. You have to keep it simple. The simpler it is the better it is and that’s what I’m finding out.

JJ: The title THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, I have had some military say it has different meaning for them whether good, bad or indifferent. What does it mean for you?

AS: I use to get embarrassed when people said it and I would think ‘why are you thanking me?’ You really don’t know what to say because it’s the beginning and an end to a conversation, it’s a statement and that’s it. It’s not a ‘hi, how are you doing?’ kind of thing – that’s it. I don’t know many military soldiers that signed up to be in the military for people to say ‘thank you for your service’. It’s not about free meals on Veterans Days and stuff like that, it can make it awkward. I think the movie title is how ever you want to take it as a person. What does ‘thank you for your service’ mean to you and what are we thanking them for? I think the title works well but as far as saying it to a veteran there are other things you could say like ‘how are you doing?’ or ‘welcome home’ which is a great one.

JJ: When people say ‘how are you doing now?’ how it is for you?

AS: I get asked that one but I never thought of it being an odd or difficult question. That one doesn’t bother me at all ever. It shows a genuine interest and it’s a conversation and it opens the door. At the end of this story you genuinely want to know how that guy is doing.

JJ: Sort of feels like a ‘mom’ question right? You want your child to be happy and well and you want that part of their life to not be their life.

AS: Absolutely, you want to take that pain away and absorb it but you can’t. I can’t imagine my own children going through what I did. My Mom, sometimes she will walk in on a conversation I’m having with my little brother and I’m telling him some gnarly stuff and she has to turn and walk out of the room. She has always been there for me in that nurturing way and she is my best friend. We have dinner once a week together and we hang out having a good time. I wouldn’t be who I am without her. We have talked about how hard it all was and being gone so much. As a parent you sit and watch the news and wonder how your child is doing 5,000 miles away.

JJ: From you, when people walk out of the theatre after watching THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, what do you hope they take away with them?

AS: I hope a few things, I hope it gets people thinking, I hope it gets people talking about this issue. It’s not just a military issue, it’s everybody’s issue. None of us get through life without experiencing some pretty severe trauma and if you do you are fortunate. Trauma is universal and it’s not biased and doesn’t care who you are. I think this will help people accept that and start talking about it and if they know someone who has experienced something bad that they will lend an ear and help relieve some of that weight. I hope people help each other and have hope. I wish for a little more love and happiness and help each other out. We are all in this together and when you are in a position to help do so and if you need help – ask for it.

JJ: You are amazing Adam and I want to thank you so much for spending time with me today. I know you have heard it a million times but this is from me – a Mom – thank you.

AS: My pleasure Jeri, I wouldn’t change it for the world and I would go back and do it again if I had to.

JJ: Take care of yourself Adam and my best to your family.

AS: Yours as well Jeri.

Speaking with Adam today brought double emotions for me. Listening to him speak on the story of his life from the film’s perspective is thought provoking and a call to action. There are soldiers who are struggling in ways we can not understand and hit some of us very close to home. It is a complex issue but one that needs our military to step up and help the soldiers who have done everything asked of them.

The other side of the emotional sword is that of any parent who has a child (yes, adult but still our children) that comes home wanting to be helped. The struggle for that help should be first and foremost in our country and parents of these soldiers are becoming loudly vocal in calling for better access for returning soldiers.

That is what THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE brings about. It is a story of not just one soldier but many who come home with stories they feel can not be shared and emotions that are stifled to make everyone else feel better. Adam’s story speaks volumes and we need to listen to every one of them.

This week, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE comes to theatres. DreamWorks and Universal Pictures along with AMC are making tickets available for free to service members. For participating theaters and how tickets will be distributed please visit www.ThankYouForYourService.com

In the end – this is one man’s story that speaks for thousands!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE at the GI Film Festival San Diego

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Jeri Jacquin

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.

This documentary hits to the heart of the struggles of veterans returning from Iraq. Struggling with different forms of PTSD, their lives are in a holding pattern. Soldiers who went through traumatic experiences were shutting down and having bad dreams. They didn’t want to talk to strangers who had no experience with PTSD about what they were going through.

Soldiers also believe there is a stigma attached to asking for mental health services. They leave their platoons and go home to families who immediately notice the changes in their love ones. There is such pain on the faces of these soldiers who are struggling to get back to a life and the families who love them.

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The documentary allows us to listen to their stories of sheer pain at a level no one but a soldier could possibly understand. From watching friends die on a rooftop fire fight in Fallujah to the men of a platoon that caused civilian casualties – these soldiers may come home but it’s only to fight another war – the one inside themselves.

The military once had programs to help returning soldiers assimilate back into their American lives. Through rehabilitation and therapy, no soldier was discharged until they were ready. Those programs were stopped after World War II.

What are these soldiers to do? With the help of programs such as Save A Warrior, John Clark makes it his mission to help these men suffering from PTSD in all its forms. From meditation to a sweat lodge to climbing a pole and standing up facing fears, these men learn to embrace every aspect of their experiences and know they are not alone.

But more needs to be done and be done now. These soldiers do not need to wait one more minute to know their service was/is important. The only way to make them believe it is by providing the services necessary for success in their life now and in the future.

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Tom Donahue has produced works that have won over twenty-five awards from Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, SXSW, Venice, San Sebastian and Tribeca film festivals.

Hearing the stories of Kenny Toon, Phil Shaub and Lu Lubello are nothing short of heart wrenching (tissue is highly advised). Sharing their experiences and allowing viewers to be a witness to it all is more courageous than I could even begin to express to them.

It is disheartening that those in high office of our military haven’t grasped that these four men are a drop in the bucket of soldiers who need help. As a mother of an Iraq war veteran who struggles with PTSD, it was difficult to watch this documentary but absolutely necessary to do so.

There is a call for more help for our soldiers as well as a need for a Behavior Health Corps staffed with medical personnel who have studies, understand and deal directly with those suffering from PTSD.

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I can not think of any parent who would disagree with the BHC coming to fruition. Our military history is one of sacrifice and, in many cases, thanklessness. Thanking a soldier for their service should include making sure they have every chance to succeed in their lives after returning home from war.

I want the words ‘thank you for your service’ to have heart and soul behind it!

Bringing the Stories of America’s Military Through Film with the GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming in September is a film festival dedicated to the United States Military with the GI FILM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO showcasing from September 14th to the 18th.

This year the festival includes documentaries, narratives, shorts and feature length production. Also, there is a Local Film Showcase that features San Diego filmmakers along with San Diego locations and actors.

Beginning September 14th, the opening night of the festival includes the West Coast Premier of the film USS Indianapolis: The Legacy. This documentary took many, many years to bring together the story of this ship and after surviving attacks and secret missions; their ship would be destroyed by a torpedo attack leaving men floating in the ocean for over five days.

Now, survivors tell their own story through photographs and footage that will bring this amazing story of life to the screen. Along with an original score, director Sara Vladic brings this untold story to us all.

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The next evening, September 15th, follows with the three films The Unimaginable Journey of Peter Ertel tell the story of a man who was a German soldier during a war against the Jews. Almost Sunrise is a story of two friends who walk across America to deal with the combat experiences that won’t leave them. The film is a journey of hope and possibilities. Finally, Remembering Vietnam is a collection of perspectives during this war with Escape from Firebase Kate, Tom’s War and Return to Dak To.

On Friday, September 16th, the GI FILM FESTIVAL brings Family Movie Night Featuring the animated film Storks with three showings available for kids and kids at heart. Saturday, September 17th, brings a full schedule beginning with WWII POW Stories and two pieces with Forced Landing telling the story of World War II veterans who were held at camp Wauwilermoos in Switzerland. Also, Paper Lanterns which is a documentary about the morning in 1945 as two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan and the memories of those, including American POW’s, that survived.

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September 17th brings Salute to the Navy brings three films about Navy heroes with Frogman and the story of working in secret during Vietnam, Farewell to Connie as the USS Constellation spent 41 years in service from San Diego Bay and Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan telling the story of the pilots training program in Chicago during World War II.

How We Heal puts the spotlight on those affected by war with Tourist as a veteran returns to Vietnam after 45 years to deal with the pain of war, Living for the Ones Who Can’t tells the story of two Rangers in Iraq, and The Last Time I Heard True Silence as a soldier tries to find his place in civilian life after returning from Iraq.

Also playing is Operation Allie as a Marine and his dog become a transformational story that needs to be seen and Adventurmentalism, a documentary about mental health in combat and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Facing Crisis tells two different stories about foreign policy as The Year of the Tiger – JFK 1962 talks about the Cuban Missle Crisis and American Umpire opens up the conversation about foreign policy around the world.

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Defying the Nazi’s: The Sharps’ War partially narrated by Tom Hanks tells the story of a family on a mission to help save Jews and refugees in Europe trying to escape Nazis and Thank You For Your Service that follows four Iraq War vets dealing with the lack of treatment for their medical needs.

Finally on September 18th, the GI Film Festival wraps up its fantastic program with Local Film Showcase including Honoring Flight: The Ride of a Lifetime that follows 42 WWII and Korean War Veterans who travel to visit memorials in Washington D.C and The Flying Greek which is the story of Steve Pisanos becoming a fighter ace in World War II.

Also included in the showcase is Living History: Our Hometown Hero that tells of the career of native San Diegan Ret. Commander Robert Noble, The Light Once Captured about a camera that has seen war, and finally A Return to the End is a documentary about a group of U.S. Marines who return to Vietnam having evacuated after the fall of Saigon.

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KPBS and So Say We All will be screening Permission to Speak Freely: KPBS’ Veterans Coming Home Project. There will be a discussion with actors and writers from the local veteran community. This promises to be a most informative presentation.

The final evening also brings a second showing of the U.S.S. Indianapolis along with the Military Pitch Fest and Mixer with the program showing American Girl and Love is No News.

To celebrate the GI FILM FESTIVAL and the amazing programming, there will be the Closing Celebration and Awards Ceremony recognizing the Local Film Showcase and an Audience Choice Award is to be given out.

Now, knowing everything the GI FILM FESTIVAL San Diego has to offer I know you are interested in finding out how you can be a part of it all. To get your tickets now before they sell out, please visit www.gifilmfestivalsd.org.

With screening prices at $10 per ticket, there are also discounts available for active military and veterans using the promo codes Military or Veteran. All Access Passes are $85 which includes admission to all screenings and events including the closing celebration and award ceremony.

Meet me there as we experience some of the most interest ring and informative films, narratives, shorts and documentaries that the GI FILM FESTIVAL San Diego has to offer. For even more detail please visit www.GIFilmFestivalSD.org.

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