U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. In January, he spoke to our film crew about the importance of learning from veteran families about the impact of war on them.
“The media have focused on the struggles of veterans, but little has been said about the impact on their children and families. The subject is current, underreported and extremely important. I think this film offers a new perspective.”
Read more at the Next Avenue Interview with Susan Hackley on her mission to make a film about the impact of war on America's children and families.
Seth Moulton and Susan Hackley: Why is it hard to talk about war? Bridging the civilian-military divide (video)
Susan Hackley and Congressman Seth Moulton spoke at Harvard University on December 8, 2014, about: Why is it hard to talk about war? Bridging the civilian-military divide.
Hackley and Moulton shared their personal stories and why they believe it is vitally important for Americans to talk about war in a way that honors the experiences of veterans and allows those who haven’t been to war to be part of the discussion. In the audience were ardent peace activists and veterans. While there wasn’t always agreement, there was a candid and respectful exchange of views.
Hackley showed the 8.5 minute rough cut trailer of her documentary film project, A Child’s Guide to War, which focuses on the impact of war on America’s children and families. She noted that most of us don’t realize that nearly two million American children have a parent who has been to war, and the impact on these children can be significant. We need to support those families, raise awareness of what they might be enduring, and factor in their experiences when we are talking about the true costs of war. She recalled when her son went to war, and how lonely she felt in a community that did not share her experience.
Moulton recalled his days at Harvard and the impact of seeing the names of veterans who had died in our wars at Memorial Church. He joined the Marines before 9/11 and served four tours of duty in Iraq. He said that veterans react to their war experiences in different ways, noting that they are “disproportionately CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and disproportionately homeless."
This event was part of the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution. It is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and Boston area members of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. The theme for the Kelman Seminar is “Negotiation, Conflict and the News Media."
Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton plans to make veterans health care a priority while in Congress.
Susan Hackley is managing director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. She is a past chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and she is producing the documentary film, A Child’s Guide to War, focusing on the impact of war on America’s children and families.
Join us on Monday, December 8, for a talk with Seth Moulton and Susan Hackley on why it's hard to talk about war. Seth is Congressman-elect, MA 6th District, and a Marine Corps combat veteran. Susan Hackley is managing director of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and producer of A Child's Guide to War.
We have started filming—in Indiana and North Carolina—and we hope to film in Texas and California soon. If you know of families we could talk to about possibly being interviewed for the film, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is an endorsement of our project from one of the experts we have interviewed for the film. He shares our belief that we need to show the impact of war on America's children – a story that has not been told.
"Military children serve our nation every day, but they aren't issued uniforms. Your focus on military children and their families addresses one of the largest segments of American society – and one of the least visible. Thank you for helping us bring information to the public in ways we never could otherwise."
--- Dr. Harold Kudler Associate Director, VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Crew is heading to North Carolina for the next round of interviews! Now through Dec. 20. Looking for kids and families at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune to share their stories. Contact us if you'd like to participate (or know someone who might be interested) at email@example.com!
A Child's Guide to War will start interviewing kids and families right after Thanksgiving. In the coming weeks, the crew will be headed to Indiana and North Carolina. If you would like to learn more about the film and would be willing to be interviewed, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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