Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Documentary RESTREPO and PTSD

I've just seen the RESTREPO trailer as a preview in a movie theater. The film will be in theaters June 25th and features the men of Battle Company, 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.

Here's the description of the documentary as provided on the documentary's Facebook page:
RESTREPO is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, “Restrepo,” named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military.

This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 94-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you.
If you watch the brief trailer above, you'll notice that the very first statements describe a major symptom of PTSD. It is for soldiers like the one speaking in the trailer that Dan Stepel proposes to walk 12,000 miles through 50 states for the upcoming PTSD Walk Across America.

Visit the documentary's Facebook page at and visit the Facebook page for PTSD Walk Across America at

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the novel MRS. LIEUTENANT and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. Her newest military-related project is supporting the upcoming PTSD Walk Across America.Phyllis' social media marketing company Miller Mosaic Power Marketing combines traditional marketing principles and Internet marketing strategies to put power in your hands. Read her social media marketing blog.

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