After the Movie: From Combat Films to Community Movement
Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in the film "American Sniper"
a night at the movies watching “Unbroken” or “American Sniper,” many
Americans may be wondering how they can connect more meaningfully with
the men and women who’ve served and sacrificed for America. Paralyzed Veterans of America has some tips on how you can make a difference to the veterans in your community.
with an organization in your town that helps veterans and get the
entire family involved. Your local Department of Veterans Affairs has
volunteer opportunities, and Paralyzed Veterans of America has local
chapters around the country that accept volunteers.
Get involved with sporting events for veterans.
From marathons to cycling to trapshoots, there are a number of
opportunities for athletes and sports enthusiasts to connect with
Support funding of veterans programs. With
the start of the new Congress, funding for veterans programs and bills
supporting veterans will be up for consideration. Be sure your voice is
heard in support of veterans’ issues.
“Even though actors portray the heroic individuals shown on screen,
movies are one way to help those who are unfamiliar with military
culture appreciate the contributions and sacrifices our veterans make,”
said Sherman Gillums, Jr.,
Deputy Executive Director of Paralyzed
Veterans of America. “An even better way is to volunteer and get close
to the veterans in your community. Listen to their stories and
experiences. Many will welcome your interest and thank you for your
If you are inspired to learn more through movies, following is a list of 10 classics that are based on true accounts.
Saving Private Ryan
Sands of Iwo Jima
Born on the 4th of July
The Hurt Locker
Full Metal Jacket
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Black Hawk Down
Parent should check to make sure the movie is age appropriate before watching with children.