On March 20th, the ten year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the Washington State University YAL chapter hosted a showing of the HBO documentary “Wartorn.” We handed out flyers to advertise the event during the two days prior to the event and on the event day before the showing began. About 1000 flyers were handed out. We also created a Facebook page for the event. Roughly 20 people attended the event, which was less than we expected.
From this we learned that any event should be planned well in advance in order to have more time to advertise. We cobbled this together at the last minute, which played a significant role in the low attendance.
Below is featured an excerpt from HBO’s summary of the documentary. It is a very good combat PTSD documentary. We strongly recommend it, and the audience enjoyed it!
The documentary shares stories through soldiers’ revealing letters and journals; photographs and combat footage; first-person interviews with veterans of WWII (who are speaking about their PTSD for the first time), the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom; and interviews with family members of soldiers with PTSD. Also included are insightful conversations between Gandolfini and top U.S. military personnel (General Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, and General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army), enlisted men in Iraq, and medical experts working at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Gen. Chiarelli, who is working to reduce the rising suicide rate in the Army comments, “You’re fighting a culture that doesn’t believe that injuries you can’t see can be as serious as injuries that you can see.”