Therapeutic Film Workshops for Veterans and Military Families
I WAS THERE holds free, collaborative filmmaking workshops at major military installations and qualified private facilities across the country. The program enables veterans to make sense of traumatic service experiences, and substantially reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
Every veteran's story matters and deserves to be heard.
Filmmaking is inherently collaborative. Our workshops are about building community by working with others who have had similar experiences toward the shared objective of making a film.
The process of expressing oneself in a conscious, intentional way can be validating and healing.
It’s given me hope at a time when all hope was lost.
Sergeant First Class, National Guard, Fort Carson
This film has literally changed my outlook on life. I was able to bring out the monster inside me. Now the healing can finally begin.
Staff Sergeant, Fort Stewart
I got more out of these last 4 days than I did the last 4 months of being with the docs and the therapists.
First Sergeant, Fort Campbell
The film…it’s a piece of you that you can share with someone else, instead of having to keep it to yourself.
Sergeant First Class, Fort Campbell
When I had the chance to show it [my film] to my wife, the first thing she said was simply, ‘I finally get it.’ She could finally come to terms with and understand what I was going through, that I couldn’t put into words.
Sergeant First Class, Fort Carson
Thank you for doing this workshop. It’s definitely helped soldiers, and saved some lives.
Warrant Officer 2nd Class, Fort Campbell
Your workshop gave me an outlet to relate with others and to be creative once again…feelings I have not had in quite a long time.
Captain, Fort Hood
We all have a story and [our stories] piece together like a puzzle. It’s reassuring to know that I’m not the only one out there that’s struggling with PTSD.
Chaplain Captain, Fort Hood
Seeing the finished product touched me. I’m able to express things better after this experience. I’m hopeful that I can get my friends and family to understand what I’m going through.
Sergeant First Class, Fort Drum
I felt safe. I felt empowered. I felt that I had a voice, a voice I didn’t have for so long.