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June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day

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Dr. Shira Maguen, a staff psychologist at the San Francisco Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Center describes PTSD as an anxiety disorder that may develop after an individual is exposed to one or more traumatic events.

The young soldiers featured in the documentary Where Soldiers Come From (POV 2011) face a variety of issues while trying to return and reintegrate into their community, from dealing with PTSD and traumatic brain injury to receiving education benefits for their service.

In commemoration of PTSD Awareness Day, learn ways you can get involved with veterans and educate your communities about the issues they face in returning to civilian life.

Remind Tag

On this day we’re also excited to announce a new partnership between Where Soldiers Come From, The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and POV.

BWF says “Where Soldiers Come From tugs at all of the right emotions to rid any indifference to this ten-year war. After watching this film, communities will be compelled to take action to help returning veterans reintegrate and thrive.” The Bob Woodruff Foundation targets the challenges injured service members face when they return home wounded after combat to ensure they have successful futures.

Check out their great work and get involved at remind.org.

Watch a clip from Where Soldiers Come From, a documentary that aired on POV in 2011 and will have an encore later in 2012 on PBS stations.

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Jamie Dobie
Jamie Dobie
Jamie worked in the Community Engagement and Education Department at POV from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining POV in 2010, Jamie worked at Northwestern University's satellite campus in Doha, Qatar, where she was part of the team tasked with setting up the school's film and journalism programs in the Middle East. She has worked in various capacities on many documentary film crews around the world, including productions in West Africa, and has worked closely with acclaimed filmmaker Margaret Brown. Jamie has also previously worked in the exhibition department at the Field Museum of Natural History and the education and cinema programming departments at the Block Museum of Art. She holds a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Radio/TV/Film and African Studies.