A new documentary film being released on Veteran’s Day is likely to ignite renewed conversations about how best to care for our returning vets and their families.
“Homemade” is the cinematic and profoundly intimate journey with decorated Force Reconnaissance Marine Adam Sorensen as he navigates civilian life and the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and crippling addiction on his marriage, family, and work. Heart-wrenching, winding, on-going (the filmmakers following Adam and his family for six years, and the film took seven years total to complete) and unflinching, the film uncovers a conflict between the American ideals of success and personal well-being.
“Homemade” will screen in select markets across America Veterans Day weekend, beginning in Portland Oregon on Nov. 9, and wrap up Nov. 12 in Washington DC. Several screenings will be held in smaller heartland communities that have a large veteran population.
Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session featuring local veteran’s advocacy and support groups and addiction specialists.
“Homemade’s” filmmakers say they aim to close what they call “the empathy gap” between civilian and military communities, start productive dialogues about the challenge of transition from active duty military to retired, and to provide tools that help viewers take action.
There are an estimated 1.1 million military caregivers who are family members, friends, or acquaintances (Hidden Heroes) in the United States caring for post-9/11 veterans. They tend to be younger, caring for a younger individual with a mental health or substance use condition, employed, and not connected to a support network.
Studies show that at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression. The number climbs higher when combined with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Nineteen percent of veterans may have traumatic brain injury (TBI) and 50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment.
For a complete listing of “Homemade” Veteran’s Day weekend screenings followed by panel discussions and Q&A’s and information on how to get tickets, go to https://www.homemadethefilm.com/find-a-screening.