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JULY 20, 2016
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JULY 8, 2016
The Chicago Tribune discusses screening of Honoring the Code at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. Link to original article here.
Documentary at Lovell Center focuses on moral injuries from combat
The documentary “Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury” was screened at Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago on Friday, July 8. (Yadira Sanchez Olson / News-Sun)
By Yadira Sanchez Olson - Contact Reporter
July 8, 2016, 5:48 PM
The documentary "Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury" was screened Friday at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago to an audience that included veterans and their family members.
The 75-minute film focused on veterans, active-duty service men and women, family members, researchers and counselors, telling their personal stories about wounds from war that aren't visible.
Now recognized and defined as moral injuries, the film described those wounds as "internalized situations that violate their moral code; an attack on moral values."
Although similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, moral injuries tear at the heart and soul of many of the service men and women who have had to see, experience and participate in heinous acts of war.
John Bair, a clinical psychologist who works with veterans at Lovell Center, said that moral injuries "critically disable people's lives."
Talking about feelings of unworthiness for forgiveness helps with the healing process of those wounds.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama (center) talks with people at a screening of the documentary “Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury” on Friday, July 8, at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago. (Yadira Sanchez Olson / News-Sun)
"They don't know how to ask for help, and society doesn't know how to reach them," Bair said. "If we're going face reality than we have to talk about it."
Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Mukoyama, who was instrumental in bringing the documentary to the Lovell Center, was also featured in the film.
The veteran of Vietnam, Korea and the Gulf War explained how the moral code of a civilian, which has developed from birth with the help of family, religion, friends and community, is turned inside out when he or she becomes a warrior and is asked to perform duties in the name of "honor, integrity and sacrifice" that go against that morality.
Mukoyama listened to public comments at the conclusion of the film and provided the audience with information on Military Outreach USA, an organization that originated in Chicago as the Military Outreach Greater Chicago.
Mukoyama runs the faith-based nonprofit with the purpose to develop a national network of houses of worship of all faiths that reach out and help the military community, including family members.
"We stress the families equally, because they've served and sacrificed as well," Mukoyama said.
Educating the public about moral injury is part of that mission.
"The organization believes that a contributor to the suicide rate of veterans is moral injury," Mukoyama said.
Through the militaryoutreachusa.org website, people can find resources and programs at no cost. According to Mukoyama, the organization is funded by donations.
In attendance Friday were husband and wife James and Glenda Rinehart of Lake Villa.
James is a Marine veteran who served two tours in Vietnam and was also featured in the documentary.
Watching the film was tough, James said, but he was proud to have participated.
"I would like the public to know that this exists and we're struggling with it and it's not just in the military. It exists in a lot of places like police (departments), fire departments and with first responders," James Rinehart said.
"People need to have more compassion and understanding for veterans," added Glenda Rinehart.
Yadira Sanchez Olson is a freelance reporter for the News-Sun
Copyright © 2016, Lake County News-Sun
JULY 2, 2016
Click the image below to view Jeremiah Davis's response to the film Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury.
June 23, 2016
Click the image below to see how veterans are responding to the film Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury.
May 27, 2016
Click the image below to view a message from Honoring the Code's Executive Producers Phil and Jane Walton.
April 29, 2016
Click the image below for highlights from this month's advanced screening of Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury.
Release Date May 22, 2015
Production of Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury began in May. Director, Eugene Cuevas has announced the filming schedule for May, June, and July include locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia and Washington DC. Cuevas said, "We have scheduled some of the leading experts on the subject of moral injury to participate in Honoring the Code." Cuevas adds, "In addition to the experts we have contacted the discussions we have had with our
Crosswinds Foundation president, Bob Waldrep also announced that, as with their previous film Invisible Scars, Honoring the Code will be distributed at no cost to veterans and those who currently serve. Waldrep believes this can be done based on the response to Invisible Scars. "Due to the generous help of those who invested in Invisible Scars, we have been able to distribute over 6,000 copies of Invisible Scars to our veterans and active service members", said Waldrep. He added a great deal of the credit goes to the corporate community stating, "Our corporate sponsors have been a tremendous asset to this project and are a reflection of the desire the American public has to ensure our soldiers who struggle with PTSD and moral injury know they do not stand alone".
Release Date March 14, 2015
Crosswinds Foundation and Front Porch Media, the producers of Invisible Scars: Hope for Warriors With Hidden Wounds, have announced their next film - aimed at serving our soldiers who have experienced the trauma of war - will address the subject of moral injury. Just as Invisible Scars has helped bring about a greater understanding of the effects of PTSD, their new film Honoring the Code: Warriors and Moral Injury will bring greater clarity to an issue that needs much greater understanding and much more research into effective treatments
Release Date May 9, 2014
On May 8, 2014 the premiere of Invisible Scars was held at the Carmike Summit Cinema in Birmingham, Alabama. Over 200 attended the event. Included among the guests were civic leaders from several municipalities, business leaders, members of the nonprofit communities who engage in veteran assistance programs, and several honored guests - our, military veterans.
The film was well received by all with a rousing ovation at its conclusion. After the film was over guests were also able to meet some of the participants of the film who were in attendance.
As guests exited the event, each received a free copy of the film that they could share with a veteran.
Release Date April 17, 2014
Front Porch Media announces the production of a new documentary Invisible Scars: Hope for Warriors With Hidden Wounds. The film will address the effects, symptoms and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
This important project is being developed in conjunction with CrossSwords Connection, an organization dedicated to serving those who have served, or are serving in the military. CrossSwords operates under the leadership of Lt. Col. Don Malin. Having served two tours of duty in the Middle East in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as a military Chaplain, Don brings his own unique understanding of what soldiers in battle face.
"When a soldier returns from war it is not as easy as simply putting the war behind you and picking up things where you left off", said Malin in discussing the need for this documentary.
Front Porch Media Director, Eugene Cuevas, stated, "It is difficult for me, as someone who has not served in combat to fully understand the stress and difficulty associated with serving during a time of war; however, in talking with those who have served, it is undeniable that many have traumatic scars that run deep".
Cuevas continued, "In working on this project I have found it is also undeniable that too many of our soldiers and their families suffering the effects of PTSD, are not getting the treatment they need. And, as the film will point out, the reasons for this are varied and preventable."
Invisible Scars is scheduled for release May 8, 2014.
For additional information contact Eugene Cuevas: firstname.lastname@example.org