In a word:  revealing

If you want to know more about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) victims as related to military service and the pains of war, see this movie.

This is not just a medical diagnosis, it is a somber dilemma for many thousands of American men and women who have witnessed the horrors of fellow soldiers dying in agony, forever embedded in involuntary memory. Or, for those who suffered their own physical trauma.

The movie primarily centers on three friends, young men from the mid-west who had spent multiple tours in Iraq during war time. Each has their own stories, their own demons, and their own frustrations, some of which will stun the audience. These are but a microcosm of the national dilemma. I didn’t realize this was based on a true story with actual characters until the end of the film.

With shocking realism, the movie captures the living hell not only of the battlefield, but of the suffering these soldiers experience at home once the ordeal is thought to be over. Such trauma also creates huge impacts on perplexed spouses, family and friends who are at a loss trying to mend psychological wounds while the soldiers drift more into isolationism.

“They should get help,” some folks say. Well, there’s an old adage: Easier Said Than Done, which this movie brings into perspective. We’ve all followed the political rhetoric about the overload upon VA system and sloughed it off as news bites. This movie brings to light how the many thousands of young men and women are in dire need of help – NOW, but are relegated into queues to wait as long as 9 months before treatment openings arrive.

Actors are superb, though I did not recognize anyone as being “A” level from Hollywood or particularly well-known. The lovely Haley Bennett, who plays the struggling wife of the lead actor, has an impressive list of secondary roles in several movies, including the remake of The Magnificent Seven.  Miles Teller, the lead actor, recently starred in the firefighter movie, Only the Brave. Particularly impressive was Buelah Koale, who plays a Samoan American seriously impacted with PTSD.

Dialogue could have stood a bit of improvement. I know I’m old and out of touch from reality, but the sound of every sentence ending with “man” and “dude” as men talk to each other is like hearing the proverbial broken record. But that’s a small thing.

The film is an eye-opener giving audiences a dose reality. Let’s hope our political leaders will set higher priorities and give these veterans the service they deserve.

I give this movie an 8 ½ out of 10.

Click here: Thank You for Your Service (2017) – IMDb


  1. Larry Henry November 1, 2017 at 10:57 am #

    Frank … Thank you for all the valuable information you share.

    I was in the Marines a long time ago, back when everyone knew their neighbors and jobs grew on trees. Korea was bad enough, but Vietnam was the icing on the cake.

    Around 1990 I had deciphered that it wasn’t just the Left we have to protect ourselves against. The Right, part of them, were as rotten as their counterparts across the aisle.

    By 2000 I had figured out George Soros. Then came Barack Obama and Broomstick One. During his eight years in office I came to loathe and despise Washington, DC.

    Trump appeared on the scene and the Swamp lost it’s marbles. He is indeed a breath of fresh air, and the politicians hate him for fear he’s going to upset their apple carts.

    The Left is out to destroy America as we know it. Some on the Right are more of the same thing. People like you and I and our faithful veterans must always be on the lookout for treason and the destruction of our Constitution and capitalism.

    Semper Fi

  2. Charlie November 1, 2017 at 11:07 am #

    Very insightful letter. It seems like you have all your ducks in a row as does Mr. Frank.

  3. Donald November 1, 2017 at 11:17 am #

    I spent 30 years in the military: eight years enlisted in the Navy and 22 years commissioned in the Air Force. Seven of those 22 Air Force years I served in joint assignments with the Army, so I’m very familiar with all three major services. I had friends die defending what our flag and national anthem stands for.

    Every time I see those spoiled, arrogant, egocentric, multi-millionaire football players “take-a knee” I’m reminded that their work is entertainment. And I wonder why I should care what they think about anything but football. The real heroes are average American men and women in uniform who risk their lives all over the world for minimum pay, serving in places many Americans can not even find on a map.

    The football players are a disgrace to themselves, their families, and their nation. And, every time they disrespect our flag and our national anthem I think about how they are also disrespecting the men and women who came home in a flag draped coffin.

    If football players want to take knee, they should do it during the game in the middle of the field and see how long the NFL owners will put up with that disrespect. The best thing fans can do is stay away from the games and hurt the owners in their pocketbook. Then watch the ripple effect of pain that flows down through the players.

  4. Snake Hunter{s} November 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Right On Larry! For ten years we have had sleaze merchants on the “progressive left”

    in Washington D.C. permit radical infiltrators to use the ‘DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM’

    to easily slip past our borders; they simply fly into any chosen sanctuary town, greeted

    by that city’s welcoming committee, then perhaps, a ride to meet the local “moderate

    imam” that’s well known for preaching “peace & love… and how we Infidels can learn

    to build “Bridges to Understanding… With Islam”.


    IF you happen to visit our nation’s capital, it’s close by taxi, to visit Georgetown U, a

    fine old Jesuit University…. where you might visit with the first Muslim Chaplain ever, at

    this elite Catholic School of Higher Learning. IMAM YAHYA HENDI, is well-schooled in

    the diplomatic arts. It’s best however, to do a little computer research on Imam Hendi…

    and check out his ‘Photo-Gallery’ to see snapshots of Yahya…. in the Oval Office with

    Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barry Hussein Obama… plus our former

    Secretary of State “Maddy” Albright. – reb

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  5. Dr. Jack A. Milavic November 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm #


    As you are well aware I am a 43 year retired USMC and US Army Old Goat. I am sorry but I am not a real supporter of PTSD claims. After witnessing many Vets claiming PTSD in order to receive VA benefits and discovering, (from my perspective) they were false I question all of them. Iraq and Afghanistan did indeed take many brave American lives. However, when compared to Vietnam, Korea, WWII and WW! those serving in Iraq and or Afghanistan did not suffer nearly as much as those Vets before them. When I enlisted was fully aware of the conditions surrounding the enlistment. The military paid and trained me at a great expense to the tax payer. This training was provided so that I would venture into any combat or non combat situation in defense of our country. If I had to be deployed on multiple times that is what I was paid for and not to sit at home telling war stories. Yes, I was deployed on multiple occasions to Vietnam and again, that is what I was paid to do. When you and I served as Police Officers in Dade County PSD, we were trained and paid to experience unfavorable situations.

    • Bill November 1, 2017 at 7:06 pm #

      I must disagree. Google my nephew Rick Yarosh. He also suffers from PTSD. My son also suffers. He does not talk much and just paces back and forth. On a good note, the VA center in Viera near Rockledge has great psychiatric care. I am up there twice a month and they really take care of my son. So Doctor Jack not all are strong. All men have a breaking point.

  6. Snake Hunter{s} November 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    * Addendum to ‘snake hunter(s) reply’ —

    Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer first proposed the ‘Diversity Visa Program’ in 1990

    to aid immigrants… and alert Jihadi Terrorists found it, took advantage of this “easy

    access” ruling to gain entry to do their grim terrorist activities on innocent citizens.


    An ‘Immigration Reform’ bill has quickly been proposed to our U.S. Congress. – reb
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