DENVER (CBS4)– A new documentary looks at how suicide affects veterans from every battle since World War II. The statistics are staggering: 22 veterans commit suicide every day and 75 attempt suicide. Many suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
A new documentary hopes to change all that. Steffan Tubbs, co-host of Colorado’s Morning News on 850KOA, directed the film titled “ACRONYM: The cross-generational battle with PTSD.”
Tubbs appeared on CBS4 News at Noon and talked about how the project comes from the heart.
“I was embedded in Iraq, I had the good fortune of being with our men and women in uniform in 2006 and 2010, but when I came back in 2006 just two weeks after, the captain from Colorado who protected me and humored me and told me of his patriotism and his love of Colorado… he was killed by an IED,” said Tubbs. “We all say there is something that changes the course of our lives and that really has. Since 2006 I have made it my cause on our show and on air and in the community to really try to have our veterans backs.”
The film takes a look at veterans from every war since WWII and the common bond they share of PTSD.
“This documentary is so important because we take WWII veterans all the way through present day vets, Iraq and Afghanistan, all talk about their war trauma,” said Tubbs. “I talked to a 90-year-old WWII veteran who just now started his PTSD counseling. So with this documentary we’re trying to make a difference but it’s veteran-driven, no narration… It’s the veterans stories.”
ACRONYM will debut on Nov. 11, Veterans Day but the trailer is available for viewing now.
Those who wish to support the documentary can visit ACRONYM’s Kickstarter page.