Ex-Navy psychiatrist-turned-Rep. Jim McDermott will attempt to kick-start a conversation about veterans' mental health issues by hosting a screening Thursday of the Afghanistan war-tracking documentary, “Korengal.”
Event organizers have scheduled an opening reception for 6:30 p.m. in the Congressional Auditorium of the Capitol Visitor Center, with a 7:30 p.m. screening to follow. They will also host a panel discussion with McDermott, filmmaker Sebastian Junger and representatives of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors afterwards. Interested parties may RSVP via email (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or by phone (202-430-0311).
The unflinching film , which follows directly in the footsteps of Junger’s earlier, award-winning effort, “Restrepo,” explores the horrible toll modern combat exacts from those stuck on the front lines of the decade-plus long war on terror.
“You do terrible things. Then you have to live with them afterwards,” one soldier explains on camera.
A McDermott aide said the Washington Democrat has been working with Junger and Vietnam War veteran turned author Karl Marlantes for the past few years on establishing a national commission on veterans intended to help unburden battle-scarred warriors.
“Today, we are seeing too many casualties among American soldiers in their transition home. In light of this crisis, Congress must act,” McDermott counseled in a release.
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