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‘Surviving Home’ is a passionate and timely documentary about veterans

'Surviving Home' documents the lives of U.S. veterans of different generations as they adapt to the challenges of life after military service.

‘Surviving Home’ is a passionate and timely documentary about veterans

America ReFramed, the award-winning series from WORLD Channel and American Documentary, Inc., is dedicated to showcasing stories from America’s changing landscape. Tomorrow a new documentary by Matthew Moul and Jillian Moul, Surviving Home, premieres on November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on WORLD Channel and worldchannel.org across the nation ahead of Veterans Day.

Through fascinating interviews and vérité footage gathered over eight years, Surviving Home documents the lives of U.S. veterans of different generations as they adapt to the challenges of life after military service and work to increase understanding and dialogue within the civilian community.

Veterans from different wars have returned home to find many difficulties in adjusting to civilian life after military duty. Many can find themselves isolated and facing complex problems. To help promote greater dialogue on the lives of American veterans, a nationwide watch event at 8p.m. ET on WORLD Channel will be held, allowing people across the country to join the conversation.

“This is an eye-opening film that we hope will start a dialogue among our viewers, as well as between civilians, veterans and those still serving,” said Justine Nagan, executive producer and executive director of American Documentary.

This includes a special event hosted at Texas A&M University San Antonio featuring:

  • a live-streamed post-screening Q&A with the film’s directors; 
  • film subject Bobby Henline, who was a long-time resident of San Antonio after he was severely burned by an I.E.D. during combat; 
  • and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Richard Delgado, Jr., director of military affairs at Texas A&M San Antonio speaking with a local audience as well as with audience members participating via live stream. 

Readers can join the conversation at home on Facebook.

The documentary brings the stories of the difficulties veterans face when returning home after combat. Surviving Home brings to the small screen how veterans are working to help themselves heal and thrive once they return home, while also attempting to start a dialogue with the civilian public about military life. 

Surviving Home documents the lives of U.S. veterans from different generations as they adapt to the challenges of life after military service. 

  • Claude AnShin Thomas, a Vietnam War veteran, becomes an ordained Zen Buddhist monk; 
  • Robert Henline, a severely injured Gulf and Iraq War veteran, takes on standup comedy to help heal his wounds of war; 
  • Richard Green, an aging World War II veteran, works tirelessly to help others, assisted by Jeff Prutz, a young Marine Corps veteran; 
  • Tracey Cooper-Harris, a female Gulf and Iraq War veteran wages a landmark civil rights battle for veterans’ same-sex spousal benefits while working through military sexual trauma.

Surviving Home closes out the seventh season of America ReFramed, the award-winning documentary series from WORLD Channel and American Documentary, Inc.

 

“We are proud to be able to bring this film to American audiences before a holiday that helps remind us of a segment of our population that deserves greater attention,” said Chris Hastings, executive producer and editorial manager for WORLD Channel at WGBH Boston.

Photo credit: Matthew Moul

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