THANK YOU FOR YOUR SER­VICE

doc­u­men­tary, 88 min­utes, not rated, 4 chiles

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

In 2003, Kenny Toone par­tic­i­pated in the in­va­sion of Iraq as a U.S. Marine. While there, he and his pla­toon took the lives of three civil­ians: a fa­ther and his sons.

Toone never got over what he did to this fam­ily and was un­able to ad­just to life after wartime. His own mar­riage failed in the face of his psy­cho­log­i­cal tur­moil, a form of com­bat stress called “mo­ral in­jury.” He can­not for­give him­self, even though at the time he truly be­lieved his life and the lives of his fel­low Marines were in dan­ger. His men­tal state leaves him at risk for sui­cide — a last­ditch so­lu­tion for pain taken by thou­sands of des­per­ate men and women in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Mark Rus­sell, a re­cently re­tired U.S. Navy com­man­der and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, the United States mil­i­tary has cat­a­stroph­i­cally failed veter­ans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by know­ingly re­fus­ing to put in place early-intervention men­tal-health re­cov­ery pro­grams for sol­diers who have seen bat­tle. Rus­sell says the di­ag­no­sis of post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD) does not cover the ros­ter of men­tal and phys­i­cal ill­nesses that be­siege th­ese veter­ans, who are pre­pared ex­ten­sively for war but never trained to re-en­ter civil­ian life or deal with the se­vere bru­tal­i­ties they have wit­nessed and com­mit­ted. In Thank You for Your Ser­vice ,he ad­vo­cates for the cre­ation of a Men­tal Health Corps in the U.S. mil­i­tary, where ser­vices can be cen­tral­ized and pro­fes­sion­al­ized. Nu­mer­ous doc­tors, re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cers, and govern­ment per­son­nel are in­ter­viewed in the doc­u­men­tary, in­clud­ing Robert Gates, for­mer U.S. Sec­re­tary of De­fense. They dis­cuss what should be done about the mas­sive prob­lem of sui­cide and PTSD in the armed forces while also main­tain­ing that they were pre­vented from im­ple­ment­ing any pro­grams on the in­side. In the mean­time, some non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and other groups have de­vel­oped pro­grams to be­gin to ad­dress this gap in care. Toone takes part in such a pro­gram, as do oth­ers pro­filed in this doc­u­men­tary, and he achieves a deeply mov­ing mea­sure of tri­umph over his de­mons. — J.L. Vi­o­let Crown 1:15 p.m. Fri­day, Oct. 21; 11:30 a.m. Satur­day, Oct. 22; 1:10 p.m. Sun­day, Oct. 23

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.