Wednesday, June 6, 2012
With a growing demand for ways to treat the psychological damage of war, one Army pilot project is offering therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder by encouraging soldiers to take control of their own stories in a filmmaking class titled I Was There Media Workshop.
The Fort Carson program began last year, under the auspices of Ben Patton, a documentary filmmaker and a grandson of Gen. George S. Patton, and Scott Kinnamon, a Denver educational filmmaker. Some 20 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so far have attempted to organize their combat experiences in video as a way to fight PTSD.
The Pentagon and the Veterans Affairs Department have been ramping up therapy options for several years and the effort continues as some troops continue to go undiagnosed or untreated.