Sunday, January 11, 2015

After the Movie: From Combat Films to Community Movement (PVA)

This is from Paralyzed Veterans of America:

After the Movie: From Combat Films to Community Movement


Bradley Cooper in the movie American Sniper
Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in the film "American Sniper"
After 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.

  • Make a donation to a veterans service organization. Paralyzed Veterans of America offers a number of ways you can donate, from a cash donation to a vehicle or clothing donation.
  • Volunteer 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 veteran competitors.
  • 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 support.”

If you are inspired to learn more through movies, following is a list of 10 classics that are based on true accounts. 

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Jarhead
  • Sands of Iwo Jima
  • Born on the 4th of July
  • Patton
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Platoon

Parent should check to make sure the movie is age appropriate before watching with children.

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