Friday, May 05, 2006

when i came home

Finally, I made it into Tribeca. This afternoon I watched the documentary film, When I Came Home, which is about the stark disillusionment that many war veterans face upon their return from the battlefield. Although Herold Noel, an army veteran of the Iraq War, is the main figure of the documentary, the film also looks at the difficult lives of other Iraq veterans as well as some of the forgotten soldiers of the Vietnam War.

I think it's very difficult for one to watch this sturring film and to not become angry about the betrayal of many of our nation's veterans. The veterans shown in When I Came Home struggle with depression, unemployment, and homelessness back home. They feel forgotten by the very system and society that had sent them off to war all too easily. At the same time, it has some light-hearted and inspiring moments. Noel is a fighter and he shows it time and time again throughout the film. With great resilience, he goes at it again and again seeking the media's help when all seems lost after he is rebuffed repeatedly by Veteran Affairs.

Click the image above to learn more about this documentary, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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