UPI to Showcase "Invisible Wounds" Documentary for Veterans' Day

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To commemorate Veterans' Day 2008, UPI is proud to present the "Invisible Wounds" documentary on its new U.S. Military Matters feature page. The page will serve the interests and address the concerns of current and past members of all branches of the military and their families.

When you take those who have served and are serving and add all their relatives and dependents you have a huge number of people whose livelihoods and happiness is directly affected by military service

To mark Veterans' Day 2008, UPI is showcasing "Invisible Wounds" the powerful and moving documentary that portrays the suffering of combat veterans and their families from the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With so many veterans, including members of National Guard and Reserve units, returning from Iraq with undiagnosed PTSD the film is both timely and troubling.

Interviews with returning soldiers and their families bring to light the rarely discussed challenges they face back home. Further interviews with Vietnam and World War II vets add perspective to the problem, showing that it is not something new. The film was created by American Life TV.

"These issues impact many American families whose loved ones have dedicated their lives to the service of this nation," said Larry Meli, President and COO, AmericanLife TV Network.

UPI is proud to present "Invisible Wounds" on its new U.S. Military Matters feature page that is currently under development. The page will serve the interests and address the concerns of current and past members of all branches of the military and their families.

"When you take those who have served and are serving and add all their relatives and dependents you have a huge number of people whose livelihoods and happiness is directly affected by military service," said Nicholas J. Chiaia, president of UPI. "The country owes them a tremendous debt and it is more than fitting that a major news outlet devotes time and space to informing them and the general public on the issues that matter most to them."

"US Military Matters brings an important new perspective into the lives of those who protect our freedom," said David Sevier, Veterans Coalition Director for the Commission on the Future for America's Veterans.

The Veteran's Day feature will provide news relevant to the treatment, public perception and welfare of service members and the challenges that they face in areas such as health, particularly recovery from combat, housing and other benefits, and family stresses. It will serve as a portal for those with news and information by, about, and concerning the US Military, as well as, provide a resource for service members to get help and advice in these areas of critical concern to them, and link to a network of organizations public and private that offer support. Finally, it will offer an interactive forum for comment and communication among users of the page where issues of common concern can be discussed.

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