HBO's remembering America's veterans this Veterans Day with an honest examination of some vets' struggles.
Since 2001, 2.77 million U.S. service members have been deployed to support American war efforts, and a significant number of those who engaged in the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
We Are Not Done Yet—which debuts on HBO November 8, just in time for Veterans Day—profiles a group of veterans and active-duty service members coming together to combat past and current traumas through the written word, sharing their experiences in a United Service Organizations (USO) writing workshop at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
In the film, directed by Sareen Hairabedian and produced by actor Jeffrey Wright (who also appears in the film), vets work together, emphasizing perseverance and community, telling often-hidden truths about their military-service experiences.
The documentary culminates in an emotional performance of the group’s collaborative poem, “We Are Not Done Yet,” at Washington, D.C.’s Lansburgh Theatre.
Despite the benefits to veterans, programs like this are currently facing censorship, budgetary constraints and even dismantling. Wright notes that soldiers are saluted at football games, but feels society should also highlight "stories of the effects of war on human beings who take up the call."
Tune in November 8 at 8 p.m. ET for this powerful short film about the lives—and struggles—of America's veterans.