Suicide among veterans has reached epidemic proportions. In fact, more veterans die to suicide than combat. To bring attention to this sobering fact the UI Center on Depression & Resilience has collaborated with the UIC Student Veterans Association for a screening of the documentary film Almost Sunrise (trailer below) on April 4, 2017.
The film follows two troubled veterans of the war in Iraq, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, who decide to walk from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Los Angeles – over 2,700 miles, taking 155 days – to help them heal from the combat experiences that haunt them. Along the way, the two men raised awareness of the unrelenting pain of moral injury many vets face and encouraged them to seek treatment. Almost Sunrise documents their journey and the healing lessons they learn along the way. A vital, life-changing film for veterans, their families and anyone who wants to understand the harsh challenges faced by returning soldiers.
Student veterans are a particularly vulnerable population, so this collaboration hopes to make a difference in veteran’s lives and educate the UIC community about some of the common struggles of returning veterans while dispelling myths of the “broken veteran” or “homecoming hero.” One of the veterans featured in the film and another significant guest have been invited to be a part of the panel discussion after the showing.
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