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Halfway Home Director Paul Freedman

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SOLDIERS GO TO WAR, SOME COME BACK, SOME DON’T, AND OTHERS ONLY MAKE IT HALFWAY HOME.

Welcome Paul Freedman who is a Director, writer and editor of Halfway Home.  He is a Peabody award-winning and Emmy nominated filmmaker. Please check out the link below to learn more about this documentary:  

http://www.halfwayhomethemovie.com/home.html

Since the attacks of September 11th 2001, more than 1.8 million military personnel have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan- one third of those have deployed multiple times. Many of these brave Servicemen are woman; their lives forever changed by combat, face reintegration issues when they return home. Rates of substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness, spousal aggressions, divorce and suicide have risen to unprecedented levels. 

PTSD is a serious, but treatable cognitive disorder that can emerge after a single traumatic event- a car accident, sexual assault, a terrorist attack- or after the cumulative effects of deployment and combat.  One  in five veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq  are thought to be bringing the war home with them in the form of PTSD. Today, significant gaps remain in our mental health care system as less than fifty percent of those warriors who need care from PTSD seek care. The stigma of unseen, or “psychiatric wounds” within the warrior culture, and negative attitudes toward treatment are the biggest barriers to care for our returning vets. But quality treatment is out there from those who seek it.

You may learn more about Paul's work at:

http://paulfreedman.net/home/

 

 

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