Triad Veteran Makes Film About PTSD

MAYODAN, North Carolina — A former U.S. Army sergeant is shooting a film about the hardships soldiers face when they return home.

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Ex-US Army sergeant shoots film about struggles soldiers face after returning home

The director said he hoped the film would bring attention to veterans’ mental health and lack of access to resources.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, between 11% and 20% of soldiers who saw combat in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom suffered from PTSD.

Chris Bray served for six years, deploying in 2013 and 2014 to Afghanistan, but now he sees a different kind of action.

He opened production company CMB Studios, and six months ago began writing, directing and starring in his third film, “Trauma.”

The film explores homelessness, PTSD, substance abuse, and other issues that veterans may face after returning from service.

“The stories of what veterans go through when they return from combat, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan or Vietnam. The veterans, the history and the issues we face need to be told,” Bray said.

The director said he hoped the film would bring attention to veterans’ mental health and lack of access to resources.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD rates can vary depending on the war in which a person served.

The agency reported that between 11% and 20% of soldiers who saw combat in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom suffered from PTSD, while about 12% of Gulf War soldiers and 15% of veterans of Vietnam suffered from it.

“It’s to raise awareness. It’s not just about more resources, but resources designed for the things that we face as veterans,” Bray explained.

Bray said he dedicates the film to all the men and women who have served the country.

“Trauma” will premiere at the Regal Palladium Theater in High Point in August.

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