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Victory for Veterans
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
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