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Victory for Veterans

I was absolutely ecstatic to read your “Adapt and Overcome” article in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue and learn that there is a new network of support and a better way of life for today’s student veterans than there was for me back in the 1970s. My SF State education led to a career with the U.S. government and the opportunity to work on a multitude of programs benefitting my fellow veterans; that work has been my life’s reward. I’m very pleased to know that my alma mater is doing what it can to help the men and women who risk so much to serve our country.

Sgt. Vince Rios (B.A., ’75; M.A., ’79)
U.S. Marine Corps (retired)
Haslet, Texas

 

I appreciated the recent coverage of the student-veteran experience in your last issue. My own transition from Iraq back to civilian life in 2010 wasn’t easy, and I have seen other veterans go through worse struggles. I’ve also seen many [vets] return to serve their families and local communities with courage.

It has been a great honor to lead a filmmaking project designed to help my fellow soldiers and sailors adjust to civilian life and, at the same time, educate the American public about the veteran experience. The Veteran Documentary Corps has brought veterans’ personal stories of service out of the small world of the military and into the public eye. The project includes an online library of short films about veterans, who have sat in front of our cameras to discuss the details of their time in the military and their experience returning to civilian life. Professional filmmakers, in partnership with veterans, make our films. I encourage your readers to view them at veterandocs.org. We’re uploading new stories every month.

If we do not tell these stories, our society will never begin to understand the human price of war.

Daniel Bernardi
Director and Professor, Cinema Department



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