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VA: The Human Cost of War DVD

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Item #: WC4742
VA: The Human Cost of War takes a broad look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - examining the organization's history, leadership, structure, funding and relationship to veterans. The film chronicles, in depth and often in wrenching detail, the workings of this crucial but at times beleaguered American institution. Told through a series of personal... ... More
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VA: The Human Cost of War takes a broad look at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - examining the organization's history, leadership, structure, funding and relationship to veterans. The film chronicles, in depth and often in wrenching detail, the workings of this crucial but at times beleaguered American institution. Told through a series of personal stories from veterans and intertwined with deep historical and political analysis from leading scholars and elected officials, the documentary explores the social contract between veterans and society, exposing some of the key ways in which the VA, and we as a society, fail veterans, who, according to Department of Veterans Affairs research, continue to commit suicide at the harrowing rate of 20 veterans per day.

The program features insightful interviews from key figures such as: Dr. David J. Shulkin, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs; Beto O'Rourke, U.S. Representative, Texas's 16th District, Member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs; Paul Rieckhoff, First Lieutenant U.S. Army, Ret., Founder & CEO of IAVA; Seth Moulton, Officer Marine Corps, Ret. U.S. Representative, Massachusetts's 6th District; Linda J. Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University; and Jean and Howard Somers, the parents of Daniel Somers, a retired Army Intelligence Officer who served several tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom and committed suicide on June 10, 2013 after a number of adverse interactions with the VA.

Producer: Ric Burns
Production Company: Steeplechase Inc.
Production Year: 2017
Copyright Year: 2017
Director: Ric Burns
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Language track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen


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Vietnam V. reviewed VA: The Human Cost of War DVD
5.0 star rating
Excellent information on the Veterans Administration system.
Review by Vietnam V. review stating Excellent information on the Veterans Administration system.
The history of this federal agency, how it has the backing of Congress, but few $$ to truly support the troops. Getting into wars/conflicts and the true cost of involvement. Excellent information.
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Johnny B. reviewed VA: The Human Cost of War DVD
5.0 star rating
i am a 100% disabled desert storm vet. this is outstanding
Review by Johnny B. review stating i am a 100% disabled desert storm vet. this is outstanding
it had me crying. i was that young man who killed himself..........intel, couldnt talk, therapist left, system lost me.....SAVED BY LOCAL VET CENTER
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Jack C. reviewed VA: The Human Cost of War DVD
5.0 star rating
It was an honor to play a role in making this film
Review by Jack C. review stating It was an honor to play a role in making this film
As a VN combat veteran with PTSD I was assigned to work with Ric Burns as an advisor on the film. It is the most authentic movie I have ever seen. I have recommended it to all VSOs for educating the public about the history of the Veterans Affairs and their role in government. The former SECVA Bob McDonald played a major role in restoring the reputation of the Veterans Affairs Office. Bob continues to work with veteran issues through the Elizabeth Dole foundation.

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