Thank You For Your Service (2015)

Introduction

Thank You for Your Service is a 2015 documentary film by Tom Donahue that focuses on our superficial understanding of war trauma and the failed policies that result. Observing the systemic neglect, the film argues for significant internal change and offers a roadmap for hope.

Not to be confused with the 2017 film of the same name.

Outline

Thank You for Your Service chronicles mental health amongst US military veterans. The film interweaves the stories of four struggling Iraq War veterans with candid interviews of top military and civilian leaders.

Among the interviewees are Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, Generals David Petraeus and Loree Sutton, Sebastian Junger, Nicholas Kristof, Dexter Filkins, General Peter Chiarelli, Gary Sinise, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, Senator Patty Murray, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Colonels Larry Wilkerson and Dave Sutherland.

Called “gut-wrenching” and “important” by The New York Times, the film is an examination of failed mental health policy in the U.S. military.

The film argues the creation of a Behavioural Health Corps is necessary to ensure accountability in the military chain of command toward mental health.

Trivia

As a consequence of the film, Congressman Seth Moulton proposed legislation to Congress in 2018 as the H.R. 5515, the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA). This would require an addressing of PTSD issues and the creation of mental health services in all sectors of the military.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director: Tom Donohue.
  • Producers: Ilan Arboleda, Tom Donahue, Patty Casby, Steve Edwards, Jacques Levy, Regina Kulik Scully, Gerald Sprayregen, Matt Tyson, and Kate Lacey-Kiley.
  • Music: Leigh Roberts.
  • Cinematography: Peter Bolte and Justin M. Garcia.
  • Editor: Jill Schweitzer.
  • Distributor: Gathr Films.
  • Release Date: 13 November 2015 (US).
  • Running Time: 88 Minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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