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A portrait of veterans healing from PTSD




A veteran and his newborn son, in a scene from the PBS film, Of Men and War. (Photo courtesy of Alice Films.)
A veteran and his newborn son, in a scene from the PBS film, Of Men and War. (Photo courtesy of Alice Films.)
Photo courtesy of Alice Films

Nearly one in three veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face post-traumatic stress from their military service, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

And that can have profound effects on their families, friends and community.

But there's a program based in rural California that's helping veterans deal with their experiences and find healing. It's called The Pathway Home.

And it's the focus of a new documentary film, called Of Men and War, airing this weekend on PBS.

"We the civilians don't understand what it is to be exposed to such an amount of violence," said director Laurent Bécue-Renard, who spent more than a decade filming the program. "They [veterans] need some kind of acknowledgement, and they need to be heard with their own words."

The film premieres on PBS Monday May 30, 2016. You can find more info and view excerpts here.