Eagle Scout project
by Jonah Reardon
Upcoming Eagle Scout Project
Saturday, November 24th, 2012, 10:00AM
Boy Scout Jonah Reardon, 12, will be screening a 90-minute documentary about how post-traumatic stress disorder is affecting the soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at 10 a.m. Nov. 24 at the La Grange Theatre, 80 S. LaGrange Rd, LaGrange, IL 60525.
The movie is called "On the Bridge" by Olivier Morel. Immediately following the screening there will be a discussion of the movie with snacks and refreshments at the La Grange Public Library in the Dierkes meeting room on the lower level. The discussion should start just after noon.
The LaGrange Public Library is located at 10 W. Cossitt Ave., LaGrange, IL 60525. It is 1/2 block South of the LaGrange Theatre. Free parking is conveniently available in the multi-story parking structure on the East side of LaGrange Rd, behind the Village Hall.
Jerome McDonnell, radiohost of Worldview, from the Chicago PBS station, WBEZ, will moderate the discussion and provide additional insights.
The movie and discussion are free, but donations are being accepted and will be given to the Robert E. Coulter Jr., Post 1941, The American Legion in La Grange which provides many services to the local veterans.
You are invited to attend a free documentary movie and attend a discussion regarding the epidemic of PTSD in Veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As my Eagle Service Project, I am bringing this movie to the LaGrange Theatre and organizing a panel discussion afterward at the Public Library. This is a serious subject which is deeply effecting those who have fought in the Middle East.
Who: Jonah Reardon, Boy Scout Troop 14, Jerome McDonnell (WBEZ Worldview), Olivier Morel - director of "On the Bridge"
What: Documentary screening followed by panel discussion
Where: Screening at LaGrange Theatre, Discussion at LaGrange Public Library
When: Saturday, November 24th, 2012 10:00 AM
Why: Eagle Project to raise awareness of the epidemic of PTSD and suicide occurring in Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan
On Saturday, November 24th, 2012 at 10:00AM as part of an Eagle Scout Service Project, Jonah Reardon will be screening a 90 minute documentary about how PTSD is affecting the soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at the LaGrange Theatre. The movie is called "On the Bridge" by Olivier Morel.
PTSD: or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, designates psychological injuries or other troubles related to extreme psychological shock.
For many Veterans, it is only after they return home that they can begin to process the emotions associated with their war experiences. They find themselves devastated and emotionally broken. Unable to sleep, angry and in emotional turmoil, they have a difficult time relating to their loved ones. Re-entering society, finding employment and regaining the life they left behind before the war is all but impossible without help. War related trauma has caused untold pain to those returning from combat, their families, and the community.
A war without rules, based on lies about the weapons of mass destruction that they would find, forced to suspect any member of the native population, including children, it is hard for them to justify their actions and process their emotions. Many are so desperate that they contemplate or carry out suicide. The statistics regarding the large numbers afflicted with PTSD and its effects are staggering.
2 out of every 5 combat soldiers are coming back home with PTSD. The remaining 3 out of the 5 are likely to deal with PTSD at some point later in their life. Many suffering from PTSD turn to alcohol and drugs to relieve the pain. When that doesn't work, they turn to suicide. The national suicide hotline recieves over 1500 calls from Veterans each day. In the past 12 months the suicide rate has shot up to an average of 87 suicides per day. That translates to one veteran committing suicide every 17 minutes.
War time casualty reports only give a battlefield body count, which are miniscule compared to the number of deaths related to PTSD and emotional trauma. These number will continue to climb long after our Troops withdraw from the Middle East.
This topic needs to be discussed from grass roots to National Leadership. Do we really understand the price that we are paying for these on-going wars and the effects that it is having on our youth?
"On the Bridge" features young men and women from our local area who have fought and returned home. It is THEIR story - come out on November 24th and hear their story.
Immediately after the screening there will be a discussion of the movie with snacks and refreshments at the LaGrange Public Library in the Dierkes meeting room on the lower level. Jerome McDonnell, radiohost of Worldview, from the Chicago PBS station WBEZ, will moderate the discussion and provide additional insights.
Members of the panel include singer/songwriter Jason Moon who is a Veteran featured in the movie, the director Olivier Morel, Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Bowman - commander of the National Guard and Reserve land forces for Illinois. In addition we have invited some members of the health profession and government representatives. We'll post the names after receiving comittments.
The movie and discussion are free, but donations are being accepted and will be given to the Robert E. Coulter Jr., Post 1941, The American Legion in LaGrange which provides many services to the local veterans.
More information about the documentary can be found at www.onthebridgethemovie.com
Jason Moon has two web sites: Jason Moon - Singer / Songwriter and Warrior Songs, a non-profit organization bringing hope and healing to veterans through music!
More about Jason:
Warrior Songs was founded by Jason Moon, singer songwriter and Iraq War Veteran. Jason served in Iraq 2003 – 2004 as a General Construction Equipment Operator in a combat engineer battalion. He was honorably discharged from the Wisconsin Army National Guard in August 2004.
After returning home Jason struggled with the challenge of reintegrating into civilian life. He became plagued with insomnia, depression, hyper vigilance, nightmares, and numerous other symptoms.
Prior to his deployment Jason had been a singer/songwriter, but after the war he found himself unable to create music. Overcome with strong emotions about his combat experience, Jason was unable to finish a single song. Troubled by the changes in himself, Jason sought treatment and was diagnosed with PTSD.
The road to healing was extremely difficult, culminating in a failed suicide attempt in 2008. After being released from the hospital, Jason vowed to no longer allow PTSD to control his life. He took a more vigorous approach in healing and began connecting with other veterans suffering similar challenges.
In 2009 Jason was interviewed for the documentary “On the Bridge” and was asked to record one of his original songs for the credit roll. This energized him to begin to write music in earnest again, and led to the creation of his latest CD Trying to Find My Way Home, which chronicles Jason’s journey in overcoming the difficulties of living with PTSD.
In 2011 Jason toured the country which resulted in a great number of veterans testifying to the power and positive effect of his music on their own journey to recovery. He was able to turn his pain and struggles into something they could relate to – music.
Jason felt that other veterans could benefit from the cathartic process of creating music, and thus took steps to form and develop Warrior Songs, a non-profit organization bringing hope and healing to veterans through music!
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