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Bill Moyers Journal: Maxine Hong Kingston on Peace and War by
Publication Date: 2007
Bill Moyers Journal: Maxine Hong Kingston on Peace and War (58:00)
For 15 years, National Humanities Medalist Maxine Hong Kingston has been working with veterans—soldiers from World War II, from Vietnam, and now, from Iraq—to convert the ghosts of war into the poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that Kingston believes will help them survive. In this program, Bill Moyers speaks with Kingston about her book Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, an anthology called “powerful and finely written” by the Chicago Tribune. This timely work is the distilled wisdom of warriors and their loved ones expressing themselves with breathtaking artistry and truth. Broadcast date: May 25, 2007. (58 minutes)
Item Number: 37441
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq
Three-time Emmy winner James Gandolfini returns to HBO with this documentary special about wounded soldiers. It surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through memories of their "alive day," the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq. Soldiers share questions about their future, severe disabilities and devotion to their country. The film also looks at the advances in military medicine that allow soldiers to return home and celebrate what they call their "Alive Day". Emmy Nominated.
Viewer discretion advised.
Item Number: 114980
Beer Is Cheaper Than Therapy: Fort Hood's PTSD Problem
Beer Is Cheaper Than Therapy: Fort Hood's PTSD Problem (57:00)
Suicide rates are rising steadily at the Fort Hood military post, thousands of soldiers are on psychiatric medications, and mental health services there are reeling from a caseload of nearly 4,000 patients per month. Across the nation, young troops who became psychologically overwhelmed while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and were told by dismissive commanders that “beer is cheaper than therapy” are returning stateside to cope with severe psychological trauma on their own. This program goes to Killeen, Texas, home of the Fort Hood military post, to interview Iraq war veterans and their families about the devastating repercussions of their deployment—including alcoholism and domestic abuse due to post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD—and the failure of military brass to take this problem seriously. (57 minutes)
Item Number: 49272
Bill Moyers Journal: Body of War by
Publication Date: 2008
As the Iraq War enters its sixth year, American military casualties have reached approximately 34,000 dead and wounded. “But numbers aren’t personal,” says Bill Moyers. “The only way truly to understand the human cost of this war is to know someone who is bearing it.” In this edition of the Journal, Moyers interviews iconic talk show host Phil Donahue and award-winning documentarian Ellen Spiro on their film Body of War, an intimate portrait of Tomas Young—a young man who joined the Army to fight in Afghanistan, was deployed instead to Iraq, and was shot and paralyzed from the mid-chest down on his fifth day in-country. Extensive excerpts from the documentary are included. Broadcast dates: March 21, 2008; May 30, 2008; and July 4, 2008. (56 minutes)
Item Number: 39400
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Today, more soldiers are lost to suicide than on the battlefield. After serving their country overseas, many military veterans in their darkest moments turn to the unique services of the Veterans Crisis Line to help with traumas like post-traumatic stress, depression, homelessness and drug dependence. This 40-minute documentary is an intimate look at the vital work of several responders who provide life-saving intervention and desperately needed referrals through the 24-hour Veterans Crisis Line, which provides support and hope to active and retired service members. Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Wartorn: 1861-2010, Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq), and produced by Dana Perry (Boy Interrupted), the film focuses on the intense, and at times chilling, calls received by the crisis line and the dedicated work of the responders and rescue coordinators E14 who help distraught veterans find reasons to live. An HBO Production. An HBO Production.
Item Number: 114984
Facing Our Fears
Facing Our Fears (114:00)
What is the evolutionary advantage of negative emotions? And how can these emotions best be managed in daily life? This program investigates the strong feelings commonly regarded as obstacles to happiness—anger, fear, anxiety, and despair—to explain why they sometimes overwhelm the rational part of the brain. Among the cases profiled are a woman whose out-of-control temper jeopardizes her relationships; a teen struggling to overcome clinical depression; a college student whose fear of flying limits her life; and veterans seeking an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Distributed by PBS Distribution. A part of the series This Emotional Life. (114 minutes)
Item Number: 43743
The Forgotten War: Korean War Veterans Remember
Overshadowed by the wars that came before and after it, the Korean War has received little of the attention it rightly deserves, yet its legacy endures: armies still face each other across the demilitarized zone—and nuclear saber-rattling, this time coming from North Korea, is still a factor. In this ABC News program, correspondent Phil Ittner embeds himself with a group of veterans making a pilgrimage to Korea for the first time since they saw action there more than 50 years ago. (23 minutes)
An ABC News Production.
Item Number: 32702
The Good Soldier
Publication Date: 2009
The Good Soldier (54:00)
“War is about one thing only: it’s about killing. You either learn to kill somebody else or you get killed or wounded yourself.” This film examines how soldiers grapple simultaneously with their duty and their own humanity as it tracks the perilous psychological journeys of four decorated combat veterans of World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Iraq War. A combination of frank interviews and battlefield footage, The Good Soldier addresses the initial reluctance to kill, the act of killing from a distance and hand-to-hand, incidents of combat zone atrocities, the experience of getting wounded, mixed feelings of relief and alienation upon returning stateside, post-tour substance abuse and mental trauma, efforts at closure, and involvement with veterans-for-peace movements. A sobering statement both about and against war. Contains graphic military-related violence and instances of harsh language. (54 minutes)
Item Number: 41981
Grounds for Resistance: Stories of War, Sacrifice, and Good Coffee by
Publication Date: 2011
Grounds for Resistance: Stories of War, Sacrifice, and Good Coffee (50:00)
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a major U.S. military facility located nine miles south of Tacoma, Washington. Within walking distance of the base sits Coffee Strong, a nonprofit café established in 2008 by young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. At Coffee Strong, soldiers, veterans, and members of military families have a venue in which to openly discuss politics, combat experiences, and the impact of war. The café also provides counseling services and other resources for those struggling with combat stress, military sexual trauma, difficulties with veteran benefits, or legal challenges. This documentary profiles the veterans who run Coffee Strong, exploring their decisions to join the military, their memories of deployment, their relationships with one another, and how their efforts to make a more peaceful and just world overlap with their own experiences of war. Contains profanity. (50 minutes)
Item Number: 49106
Maxine Hong Kingston and the Road Back from Vietnam
Publication Date: 1996
Maxine Hong Kingston and the Road Back from Vietnam (53:00)
Facing the reality of what happened in Southeast Asia—and bringing others together to reconcile with it—has become the life work of novelist Maxine Hong Kingston, who teaches Buddhism and creative writing to Vietnam veterans. "In the workshops, [they] break out of the solipsism, the narcissism, the isolation," says Professor Kingston, who was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Clinton. In this program, Professor Kingston explores the causes and effects of alienation from one’s country in a journey to France in 1996 to meet with Thich Nhat Hahn, who was a strong presence at the Paris talks that later produced the peace accords ending the Vietnam War. (53 minutes)
Item Number: 10088
Moyers & Company Uncovering the Real Vietnam War
In this edition of Moyers & Company, journalist Nick Turse joins Bill to describe his unprecedented efforts to compile a complete and compelling account of the Vietnam War's horror as experienced by all sides, including innocent civilians who were sucked into its violent vortex. Turse, who devoted 12 years to tracking down the true story of the war, studied secret troves of documents, interviewed officials and veterans-including many accused of war crimes-and traveled throughout the Vietnamese countryside talking with eyewitnesses to create his book Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam. The program concludes with an essay on the human and political costs behind wartime "collateral damage.
Item Number: 53089
Moyers & Company What It's Like to Go to War
America has been at war for over a decade now, with millions of soldiers having seen death and dying up close in Afghanistan and Iraq. But most Americans, watching comfortably on their TVs and computers, witness mostly to statistics, stump speeches, and "expert" rhetoric, don't get what's really going on there. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill Moyers talks to Karl Marlantes - a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, Rhodes scholar, author, and PTSD survivor - about what we on the insulated outside need to understand about the minds and hearts of our modern warriors. Marlantes shares with Moyers intimate stories about how his battlefield experiences both shaped and nearly destroyed him, even after returning to civilian life. "You take a young man and put him in the role of God, where he is asked to take a life..." Marlantes tells Moyers, "...that's something no 19-year-old is able to handle.
Item Number: 50560
PTSD at Sea—Against the Odds: Inspiring Stories of Disability
In this episode of Against All Odds, veteran Tyson Murray, a veteran attempts to learn new coping skills while participating in a 1000 kilometer kayak adventure from Sidney to Brisbane. He hopes to empower other veterans struggling with PTSD.
Item Number: 115772
PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder
A psychiatric disorder, PTSD generally follows life-threatening events like natural disasters, terrorist incidents, and military combat. Unfortunately, many PTSD victims don't realize what afflicts them. This program expands awareness and knowledge of the disorder and explores the latest treatment options available today. In an illuminating case study, a Vietnam veteran who developed PTSD after his tour of duty explains how the condition destroyed his personal life and forced him into bankruptcy before he found relief through Traumatic Incident Reduction Therapy. Expert commentary comes from Dr. Glenn Schiraldi of the University of Maryland and Terry Luper of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The effect of PTSD on older veterans is a featured topic.
Mode of access: Internet.
Item Number: 39414
The Skin That Burns Surviving Chemical Warfare
This program is about Iran's volunteer soldiers who were exposed to chemical bombs during the Iran-Iraq War. The film follows veteran Ahmad Salimi, who is now legally blind and has scars throughout his body due to burns from exposure to chemical weapons over 20 years ago. His wife, who volunteered to marry a wounded veteran, supports Ahmad as he struggles to stay alive and fight for peace. The Skin That Burns explores questions surrounding the controversial issue of chemical warfare, families struggling with disability and illness, and the determination to live, despite it all.
Item Number: 60361
Two Iraq Vets' Journey to Find Peace
Two soldiers, battling different wounds of war, reunite years after one saved the other's life
Mode of access: Internet.
Item Number: 57398