Jacksonville, FL (February 12, 2015) – The Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) produced documentary mini-series “Wounded: The Battle Back Home” will become available on Internet television network Netflix starting Sunday, February 15, 2015. The project, produced in conjunction with Austin-based Flow Nonfiction, was created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of WWP and focuses on issues of critical importance to this generation of injured service members and their families through personal stories of struggle and resiliency.
“Wounded: The Battle Back Home” is a documentary series that brings to life the experiences of this generation of wounded veterans as they battle both the visible and invisible wounds of war. Each episode of the series allows viewers to follow these inspiring individuals as they navigate their post-war lives in a society that struggles to understand them and a system that is failing to support them. In addition to physical injuries, the series highlights the invisible wounds that our nation’s service members battle as they transition from the military to civilian life, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST).
“With ‘Wounded: The Battle Back Home’ now available on Netflix, a new audience will have access to these inspirational and thought provoking stories, highlighting the challenges facing this generation of injured service members, their caregivers, and families,” said Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer for Wounded Warrior Project. “These documentaries underscore the need for the programs we offer as part of our vision of fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”
Each documentary provides a glimpse into the day-to-day lives of these veterans as they face the challenges associated with returning from battle. The episode titled “Jamel” tells the story of Jamel Daniels, who was moved to join the United States Marine Corps after witnessing the events of 9/11 in New York City. After losing one of his legs during the final days of his tour in Iraq, Daniels struggled with depression, alcoholism, and PTSD. He sought help from Wounded Warrior Project to reclaim his life and now lives every day to the fullest, cherishing the support system that helped him along his journey to recovery.
In the episode “Dennis – Operation Independence,” viewers meet Dennis Cabanting, an Army sergeant whose transport came under insurgent attack from an improvised explosive device (IED). The shockwaves from the explosion caused a life-altering TBI. With failing health, Cabanting was medically discharged and ended up in a nursing home. After turning to WWP for help, he found assistance through Wounded Warrior Project’s Independence Program and Long-Term Support Trust, and is now learning to live life on his own terms.
In addition to firsthand accounts from warriors, Wounded Warrior Project founders and experts in the areas of mental and physical health, economic empowerment, peer support, veterans’ advocacy and much more share their insights on what is required to aid these warriors in their individual and collective paths to recovery.