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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Film About North Carolina Veteran Spreads Awareness

Working with veterans and their families to help them get all the benefits they are eligible for teaches you a lot about the challenges our brave men and women in uniform face here on the home front. Unless you are a veteran, or the family member of a veteran, or have really gotten to know a few veterans, the struggle is difficult to grasp. A new documentary about a veteran living in North Carolina is helping to shed some light on the subject and bring awareness to it.

Farmer/Veteran is summarized by its creators as follows:

"Home from three combat tours in Iraq, Alex Sutton forges a new identity as a farmer, hatching chicks and raising goats on 43 acres in rural North Carolina. He dives into life on the farm with his new love Jessica, but cannot shake the lingering traumas of war. The stories he tells about battlefield experiences become unmoored from reality as he cycles between states of heightened awareness and “feeling zombified” from a cocktail of prescriptions meant to keep him stable. For the viewer, as for Alex, what to believe about his past is uncertain. The farm becomes a terrain to unearth what is buried, what it really means to be “the perfect soldier," and where to find the way forward."

Although the show is taking the film festival circuit by storm, it is not playing in regular theatres or streaming online yet. If you want to see it, you can check the PBS website and see if it is going to be airing on your local station.   

To those of us who have worked with veterans living in the Carolinas, Alex Sutton’s story is a familiar one. Making the transition back to civilian life can be very hard, especially when dealing with PTSD or other health issues.

The VA, which is the agency tasked with looking after the health and welfare of veterans, is often slow to react or non-responsive. This is simply unacceptable to us at Monk Legal, which is why we started doing veterans’ benefits cases. We help as many veterans and their families as possible get access to the benefits they deserve.

 


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