Every 80 minutes a veteran kills themself. That is 18 Per Day = 540 Per Month = 6,570 Per Year! Why is this happening? This means that every 80 minutes an entire family has to cope with losing their son, daughter, husband, wife, brother, sister, mommy, or daddy.
Why would these men and women of our military take their own lives? It doesn’t make any sense. Unless you understand a condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (also known as PTSD).
My name is Robert S. Martin III, and I am a former Staff Sergeant in the US Marine Corps with two combat tours in Iraq. I have seen first hand how this condition affects our troops and their families.
I am joining forces with the rock band CoMMoVe to make a music video / Public Service Announcement to raise awareness of this condition and reach out to those affected.
PTSD is a huge issue that affects so many of us and will continue to be an ongoing issue. This video will give an insight into what PTSD looks like. I hope that veterans and others suffering from PTSD can watch this video and relate. All the events that will be portrayed in this video are based on actual events that happened to me and people that I know.
We are doing this video to the CoMMoVe song "Nothing Real." It speaks directly to what it feels like, on the inside, to go through PTSD at some of its rougher parts. PTSD is universal, in the sense, that so many of us deal with it from different things that we have dealt with in our lives. However, PTSD is also very individual, because whatever is causing your PTSD only matters to you. People may have empathy for you, but they can never completely understand what is bothering you.
Most of the things on this video have been donated or traded for, but some things are going to cost money. We will have to pay for things like: permits, post production, gear, props, costumes, and fees. Any extra money raised will go into production. Please, help us bring awareness to PTSD.
We have pulled together a talented Hollywood team and we've already shot some of it.
You can help us be heroes to our heroes. We need funds to complete our project and we need you!
Please enjoy our video. At the end there is a small sample of what the actual music video will look like.
Robert S. Martin III - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3017222/
Director - Reed Simonsen http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2301833/
Producer - Andrew Balek http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1740460/
CoMMoVe - http://www.facebook.com/CoMMoVeRoCK on itunes/Amazonmp3
Writer - Cameron Kinsey
2nd Unit Director - Joe Bland http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/AJoeBlandProduction
2nd Unit Director of Photography - Josey Wenger http://wengermedia.com/
2nd Unit Camera Op - Chase Reatherford
Iraqi stock footage courtesy of David Baldwin (huge thanks)
- (45 days)