WOUNDED WARRIORS WEEKEND
- A SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR PTSD
Battle Scars is a TV Series dedicated to telling stories about Veterans and Soldiers. For Season Four, they have committed to producing a full season of videos about PTSD and Wounded Warriors Weekend will be supporting them in this endeavour. In 2014, they joined us in Slave Lake to produce the following video.
WHAT IS PTSD? IN THE WORDS OF CANADIAN AND AMERICAN VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS.
What is PTSD? Spoken in their own words, Canadian and American Veterans and First Responders talk candidly about what PTSD is for them and how it has affected their lives. Battle Scars has dedicated the Season Four to PTSD and will spend the end of 2015 and first part of 2016 traveling across Canada to rally people out to talk about their experiences with PTSD. Filmed at Wounded Warriors Weekend 2014. Special thanks to our PTSD advisory committee and people that participated including.
MEET SGT. VICKY-LYNN COX. CAF SEXUAL TRAUMA SURVIVOR
This was a very educational interview for your filmmaker here people - the troops are teaching me all about the different places where PTSD comes from. Thanks for watching.
MEET CPL (RET'D) SHAWNA ROY.
"I was raped while I was in the military... and that was basically the beginning of the spiral downward. And I made the biggest mistake of my life... and that was reporting it. And I tried to kill myself. In Petawawa." This movie is one that we hope will begin the healing process for men and woman across the world. Essentially, for all of you to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
MEET JO "GUNNY", MENTAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVOR.
We want to acknowledge people like Gunny here that helped lead others to this space.
MEET MASTER SGT. JASON JOHNS US MILITARY (RET).
Patriot Jason E. Johns was elected as National Senior Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2016 at the 84th National Convention in Norfolk, VA. Before being elected to Senior Vice Commander Johns was National Judge Advocate, from 2014 to 2016, and National Deputy Legislative Director from 2013-14. Patriot Johns is also a former Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Junior Vice Commander for the MOPH Dept. of WI. He currently also serves as the State Legislative Officer for WI.
PTSD SERVICE DOGS - A MOVIE ABOUT SERVICE DOGS FOR WOUNDED WARRIORS OF ALL KINDS.
This movie was filmed at Wounded Warriors Weekend 2014. Since 2012, the Wounded Warriors Weekend has been helping to promote healing for Warriors of all backgrounds from Canada and the USA. "What Are PTSD Service Dogs?" features Purple Cross and Kevin Cameron of Alpha K9 (Iraq and Afghanistan), Iraq Veteran Joe Kashnow and Canada's Joseph Rustenberg. Please share.
WOUNDED WARRIORS MOTORCADE 2014
Alberta Pays Tribute Wounded Warriors Weekend is a PTSD support program that invites warriors of all kinds to spend a long weekend meeting new friends, sharing camaraderie, and stories. For the 2014 weekend, a motorcade met the warriors in Edmonton and escorted them to the event in Slave Lake. Alberta rallied together to provide their show of support along the way. Many hundreds of great Canadians including the Northern Gateway Motorcycle Association got together to remind them how much their service means to us all. This is the story of the motorcade from the members of the association. If you want to support, please visit; www.TheLongWayHome.ca
MEET DAVE AND DAVE MANRYK.
It is during these kind of experiences that a filmmaker really finds deep and rich treasure. In people, their stories and especially in doing something that is very important to them; in sharing their stories so that they can help others. I cannot tell you how many men have given so much and put themselves on the line so that others may possibly be healed.
MEET WO (RET'D) WAYNE WALSH.
After 7 deployments over 25 years, it's fair to say that Wayne gave all he could for this country. This is his story. Thanks for watching.
RENEE MAIR. PTSD WIFE, SUPPORTER AND FRIEND.
We don't get to hear from the wives enough and share what their experiences are like dealing with husbands suffering from PTSD. Renee Mair shares her story and tells it like it is in clean and plain terms.
CAPT (Ret'd) WAYNE JOHNSTON.
This interview deals with taboo subjects that unfortunately many of our troops have to deal with and then live with. We recognize Wayne as an outspoken advocate of Veterans willing to fight tooth and nail with the establishment. He helped to build Wounded Warriors Weekend to support over 200 Veterans and their families this year - that's no small feat! He's also a former repatriation officer which means that for some years, he was in charge of bringing our fallen soldiers back from their tours.