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The Winding Road to Recovery

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Fuzzy and Suzy Manning

Fuzzy and Suzy Manning


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“The Winding Road to Recovery”is a film chronicling what happens when troops return home injured. In the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the troops were in life-and-death situations daily. Many lost friends, but they survived. These survivors are coming home as changed individuals, rediscovering themselves as they recover from their injuries not only lost limbs, but invisible injuries, including brain trauma and PTSD.

This documentary not only highlights the struggle of wounded warriors coming home from brutal wars, it will show that with every crank of their pedals they are deeply human and alive, not just surviving, but thriving. My objective with the target amount is to cover a ride that starts at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day and to follow two riders home afterwards to further delve into their stories. Additional funds beyond my target amount would allow a crew to cover more location shoots, events and interviews of veterans, experts, and family members.

The film was shot in full HD, capturing the drama of tires crunching on pavement and the riders' sweat, toil and jubilation through incredibly scenic panoramas. The film captures intimate moments with the veterans and their family, friends and supporters. As an award-winning investigative journalist who has spent the last several years covering veteran’s issues, I know the public needs to see a film that chronicles the lives of a generation of young Americans who fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This film has captured a timeless human drama, highlighting the will to persevere in the face of staggering adversity.