‘When War Comes Home’ documentary reaches veterans, families and others hurt by aftermath

July 24, 2017

For many servicemen and women, their physical injuries may heal but their mental and emotional wounds do not. An estimated 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

However, new innovative treatments are proving successful in getting veterans’ lives back on track, when more standard methods are not working. The documentary, “When War Comes Home,” showcasing four personal stories, will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2 to 5 p.m., at Torp Theatre, Central Connecticut State University, 1615 Stanley St. New Britain. The movie also examines the secondary impact on spouses and children.

Veterans, families and healthcare workers are all encouraged to attend this free event, sponsored by Hartford HealthCare at Home.

“When War Comes Home” follows four American service members, who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and are now suffering from “invisible wounds” – post-traumatic stress/traumatic brain injury. The four main subjects begin to move ahead to recovery through life-changing treatments at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, an institute of the Department of Defense.

One successful approach has been animal-assisted therapy with specially trained service dogs. Other treatments offered at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence include art and music therapy, yoga, meditation and more. The positive outcomes have enabled veterans and their families to heal.

“This is a must see film. Not only does it follow four servicemen, it reveals the effects and trauma on spouses, children, family and anyone associated with the soldier,” said Wayne Rioux, veterans liaison, Hartford HealthCare at Home. “Therapy/service animals are a vital substitution to medications and this is experienced through my dogs that interact with the veterans in our Veterans Program.”

For more information or to RSVP, call Sandy Gifford at 860.493.7306.

Hartford HealthCare at Home is a community-based home health care agency across most of Connecticut, which enables individuals to achieve maximum independence, to participate in their own plan of care, and to live with dignity while receiving quality care in their own homes. For more information, call 1.800.HomeCare.

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