From EMMY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER Michael King comes the story that will document the lives of four American service members suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries, after returning home from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. The film documents the veterans as they receive life-changing treatment at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), an institute of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The documentary follows these four individuals from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to their first steps entering healing and recovery programs, where we see them experiment with a number of innovative treatments that prove to be very effective for service members who did not find relief from other forms of treatment. In one such case of success, service members find healing through an animal-assisted therapy program involving the training of service dogs to assist fellow veterans. The film will also explore this advanced, state-of-the-art research facility’s use of art and music therapy, yoga, and meditation with veterans of war. The treatments that veterans receive at NICoE aim to improve their lives, have a tremendous effect on the well-being and outlook of PTS/TBI survivors, and strengthen survivors’ relationships with family, friends, and other members of the community.
The documentary will also explore the effects of secondary trauma on the service members’ spouses and children. Secondary trauma is a phenomenon only recently discovered.