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TELLER: We need to close gap between civilian and veteran By Jeri Jacquin | MilitaryPress

In theaters is the film “Thank You for Your Service,� based on the award-winning book of the same name written by David Finkel. It tells the story of soldiers returning home and their difficulty in readjusting to civilian life and family. This film centers on the life of one such soldier, Adam Schumann. Schumann returns home to discover that fitting back into a life he once knew isn’t happening. Trying to do what’s best, he keeps what happened in Iraq to himself — only discussing it with other soldiers in his infantry. It becomes clear that they, too, are having a difficult time finding their place in life. When one of their friends chooses a different way to handle it all, it becomes clear to his wife that Schumann needs help. They turn to the VA, and learn that getting help is frustrating and the system is overloaded with bureaucracy. Schumann tries to come to terms with an event that happened in Iraq while also continuing to help his men find help. “Thank You for Your Service� is a startling look at the soldiers who return home to a broken system, and demonstrates how PTSD shows itself in different ways and cannot be labeled quite so easily. Actor Miles Teller portrays Adam Schumann in “Thank You for Your Service.� This is the second week that Teller is on the screen as a person who Miles Teller stars as Adam Schumann in serves our country. Last “Thank You for Your Service.� week, he took the role of Brendan McDonough, the only survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots in the film “Only the Brave.� I had the opportunity to speak with Miles about his role as Adam Schumann, portraying this real life soldier, the issues of PTSD and bringing light to such important issues for all U.S. military. TELLER, continued on Page 8

Adam Schumann makes cameo appearances in “Thank Your for Your Service,� a movie about his life after coming back from Iraq.


SCHUMANN: It’s everybody’s issue By Jeri Jacquin | MilitaryPress


n theaters from director Jason Hall, DreamWorks and Universal Pictures is a story based on the book by David Finkel that reminds us to sincerely say “Thank You for Your Service.� Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) is a soldier returning from Iraq with wife Saskia (Haley Bennett) waiting. The transition is made more difficult when Adam struggles to fit in at home once again. Memories on the battlefield not only follow him home, but his buddies Solo (Beulah Koale), Dante (Omar J. Dorsey) and Doster (Brad Beyer) as well. When his buddy Mike (Scott Haze) shows up, Adam

understands what he is going through and offers him a spot on the couch. Each of these men need so much more and feel that no one is listening. As Adam becomes more and more disconnected from everything around him, Saskia knows it’s time to find help where ever they can. That’s when dealing with the VA begins. Hearing of a place that might have a space opening up soon, at the last minute Adam gives it to one of the others believing it’s his obligation to help the guys in his unit. But what he carries inside him about an event in Iraq finally comes to the surface, and Adam knows its time to speak openly. He is one of thousands, and it’s time we hear them SCHUMANN, continued on Page 12

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MICHAEL JACKSON TOP-EARNING DEAD CELEBRITY Officer wins ‘Jeopardy!’ with just $1

King of Pop leads Forbes’ annual list for fifth time By Zack O’Malley Greenburg | Forbes

Returning champion Manny Abell didn’t have much of a shot to win at the end of his third “Jeopardy!â€? episode — but it turns out all he needed was a single dollar. The naval officer from Lacey, Wash., went into the final round Oct. 17 with a mere $1,000 to his competitors’ totals of $12,300 apiece. The clue — “it’s the only country that borders the Michael Jackson: The King of Pop is the king of postmortem earnings for the fifth consecutive year. Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf â€? complex and recently-opened hotel The from dorm-room posters to tablets designed — was a threeGuesthouse at Graceland. Bob Marley by Israeli tech company Fourier Systems. way stumper, with Frank Zappa didn’t make the list, but rounds out the top five with $23 million, contestants Fran boosted by sustainability-focused House perhaps he will soon. His son Ahmet reFried, who had Lt. Manny Abell of Marley audio products and the Marley cently announced plans to bring the rock been leading for star back in the form of a hologram-like Beverage Co. much of the game, and Carlos Nobleza Some names on the list passed just illusion. The phantom Zappa will hit the Posas also losing all of their earnings on before the end of our scoring period — road, most likely in 2018, in partnership incorrect answers. namely, rocker Tom Petty, who died on with the firm Eyellusion. The goal is to Abell answered incorrectly, too, but October 3. His inclusion on the list (No. make “the bizarre world of Frank come to chose to wager just $999 instead of his 6, $20 million) reflects earnings from the life,â€? says the younger Zappa. “And I wake full pot. (The answer, if you’re curious, past year on the road, where his band was up every single day excited.â€? was Iran.) To be fair, Frank Zappa won’t be the first grossing north of $1 million per night. Pet“You win the game with a dollar,â€? host ty and fellow musicians Prince (No. 7, $18 celebrity to perform in such a manner. TuAlex Trebek told Abell. “The smallest million) and David Bowie (No. 11, $9.5 pac Shakur started the trend at Coachella win in many, many, many years.â€? The million) also got a boost from increased in 2012, and Jackson currently appears in contestant’s three-day total earnings are music consumption in the wake of their similar style in his Vegas show. $42,799. As for the King of Pop, his 2017 earnings relatively-recent passing. “There was no way I was going to win There are more ways than ever to earn pale in comparison to last year’s $825 milthat thing,â€? he said, adding that his leftmoney from beyond the grave, as our list lion haul — the highest annual total for any over dollar was a bit of a joke. members can attest. Elizabeth Taylor (No. entertainer dead or alive — mostly from the “When I watch at home, I always get 12, $8 million) lives on through top-selling sale of his half of the Sony/ATV catalogue. a chuckle when someone bets all but a fragrances such as White Diamonds, while But his $75 million tally this year still placdollar and loses it, leaving them with Albert Einstein (No. 10, $10 million) lends es him on par with the seventeenth-bestthat single, lonely ‘$1’ on the podium,â€? his name and likeness to products ranging paid living entertainer, Bruce Springsteen. Abell said. “This was my chance to be that guy and laugh at myself.â€? Abell said he was drawing a blank for the Final Jeopardy! question, though. “I was just trying to fight the pressure and remind myself of the maps I’ve been looking at my whole life, but I moved the Caspian Sea to the southwest a bit,â€? he said. According to the show’s website, only WED NOV 1 SAT NOV 18 SAT NOV 25 one other contestant in its history has OPENING DAY THE OFFSPRING** REGGAE FEST won with just $1: Air Force Lieutenant FEATURING IRATION** AND HOLLYWOOD Colonel Darryl Scott, in 1993. BEER FEST* *PLUS CIDER, WINE, “It was kind of like that shellshock AND COLLEGE DAY FASHION CONTEST CRAFT COCKTAILS scene at the beginning of ‘Saving Private Ryan,’â€? he said. “Things move slow, FRI NOV 3 & SAT NOV 4 WING FEAST WING THURS NOV 23 sound is muffled. I seem to remember BREEDERS’ CUP THANKSGIVING DAY the words ‘still alive’ being uttered, but WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FAMILY MILE FUN RUN that’s about it.â€? Even though Abell’s run on the game SAT NOV 11 AND BRUNCH show ended the next night — “I know FALL FOOD TRUCK I could have bet smaller. 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His postmortem empire is going strong, boosted by the Halloween special and new album Scream joining a list of ventures including a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas and a stake in the EMI music publishing catalogue. Golf legend Arnold Palmer claims the No. 2 spot with $40 million. Barely a year after his death, more than 400 stores still sell Palmer-branded apparel in Asia, and AriZona Beverages produces 400 million cans of its Arnold Palmer line annually. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz ranks third with income of $38 million — MetLife recently retired Snoopy and Charlie Brown from its ad campaigns, but the cartoonist’s contract does not expire until 2019. Elvis Presley finishes fourth with $35 million, up from last year’s $27 million sum thanks to the new $45 million Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment



The San Diego Brewers Guild will highlight more than 100 local breweries at its ninth annual San Diego Beer Week.


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There are two notable events this month. On Nov. 3 and 4, the Del Mar Racetrack hosts the Breeder’s Cup, the Super Bowl of horse racing. This two-day event features 13 races with more than $28 million in purses and awards. Launched in 1984, it marks the unofficial end of the thoroughbred racing season and has often been a major factor in determining the “Horse of the Year.� Information can be found at For its ninth year, San Diego Beer Week, sponsored by the San Diego Brewers Guild, celebrates its 100 plus local craft breweries. More than 500 events are scheduled for 10 days beginning Nov. 3. San Diego lays claim to the title, “Capital of the Craft.� For more, go to The “Capital of Craft� assertion is wellfounded. WalletHub recently reported the following relating to the per capita “Foodie-Friendliness of San Diego,� vis-avis other cities in the USA: 1st. – Craft Breweries & Wineries 1st. – Affordability & Accessibility of Highly Rated Restaurants 6th. – Coffee & Tea Shops 15th. – Gourmet Specialty Food Stores

in the desert, however, Greater Palm Springs is actually made up of nine cities: Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella. For information on all the locales, go to or For me, the area’s premier attraction is the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Starting from the Coachella Valley floor, it rotates and glides 2.5 miles up to Mountain Station on Mt San Jacinto (elevation 5,516 feet). So, will the first by Howard Hian when snow fall? The annual snow guessing event is ready for your prediction. There are prizes for the first 10 correct entries. Send your “forecast� via postcard only to Snow Guessing Contest, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262. For more information, contest rules, etc., logon to www.pstramway. com/special-events. The Rowan Palm Springs is opening in November. Located in the middle of downtown, it’s operated by my favorite boutique hotel group, Kimpton. It will feature a rooftop pool and bar, plus two “chef-driven� restaurants. Check out their website,, or call 800-532-7320 for reservations.



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MARINE TREKS 3,000 MILES IN 100 DAYS Raising more than $40k for charity The Virginia Pilot

Maggie Seymour crossed the finish line Oct. 28 in her most ambitious run to date. The 6.2-mile Wicked 10K at in Virginia Beach, Va., wasn’t a big milestone — the distance wasn’t much for the Marine Corps captain and ultrarunner. But it served as the capstone to her 99-day, 2,850-mile journey from San Diego to Virginia Beach. The list of reasons why Seymour took on the challenge of a coast-to-coast run is almost as long as the route itself. She’d been inspired by a woman who had done something similar a few years before. She wanted to raise money for groups and communities that had supported her and others, including groups dedicated to athletes with special needs, veterans and families of fallen servicemen and women. And she wasn’t ready to start on her doctoral dissertation on soft power and terrorism — setting a new bar for student procrastination tactics. “That’s probably harder than running cross-country,� she said, a grin breaking through her tanned face.

Marine Capt. Maggie Seymour, center, finished a grueling 100-day journey across the country in Virginia Beach, Va., on Oct. 28 after starting at Liberty Station in San Diego.

Seymour, an intelligence officer who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, spent 10 years on active duty with the Marine Corps before joining the reserves in August. She relied on a rotating team of five volunteer drivers to shadow her through the vast expanses of America, taking shifts that lasted between three days to a month. Her course through the western states largely followed the original U.S. Route 66.


Seymour said that she collected more than $35,000 in contributions along the way and estimates she’ll garner about $40,000. Her route took her through small towns, avoiding major cities by design. “You can say what you want about the election (of President Donald Trump,) but one of the things it showed was how disconnected our communities are,� Seymour said. She met plenty of people who she said were kind and generous, but those endless hours pounding away at the pavement left her with a lot of time to herself. “I’ve become more introverted,� Seymour said. She told friends she felt overwhelmed coming back to big events with crowds of people — they were shocked. “They said, ‘But you love to be the center of attention.’ � So what was this life-changing experience like? “It was really miserable and hurt really bad,� Seymour said. The first couple of weeks were done in darkness through the deserts of the American southwest. “There was about eight hours a day you

could run without dying of heat stroke,â€? between sundown and sunup, Seymour said. Once she got to more forgiving climates, she would sometimes spend north of 12 hours trudging along America’s roadsides. She calls herself “a princessâ€? when she admits she slept in hotels every night rather than on the side of the road, like others have during their cross-country trek. But Seymour said, as clichĂŠ as it sounds, stopping wasn’t an option. “What was I going to say? ‘Thanks for all your support but I’m tired.’ â€? So she pushed on. She said during all of those minutes that stretched into days of putting one foot in front of the other, all she can remember thinking about was the pain — and that it would eventually end. And while that may not sound like a ringing endorsement, she said anyone else considering doing something like what she did should absolutely go for it. “Everything seems impossible until you do it,â€? Seymour said. The next impossible task for her: getting around to that dissertation. But first, a plate of eggs and a couple mimosas. And then a nap.

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MEDAL OF HONOR GOES TO VET WHO SAVED DOZENS By Katie Lange | Defense Media Activity

Army Capt. Gary “Mike� Rose received the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony Oct. 23 to commemorate his heroic actions during a four-day mission known as Operation Tailwind during the Vietnam War. On Sept. 11, 1970, then-Sgt. Rose was responsible for 136 men who were inserted about 44 miles into the Laos jungle. They soon came under fire from waves of enemies, and the fighting didn’t let up for four days as Rose and his group marched deeper into enemy territory. As men in his group began to fall, Rose was there to help them, even if it meant he had to run into harm’s way. He shot at the enemy in order to get the fallen back to safety, crawled from position to position, and encouraged and helped direct the fire of inexperienced Vietnamese and paramilitary troops fighting on the Americans’ side. Rose was wounded several times, but most severely on the mission’s second day. He had pulled a wounded soldier back to safety when a rocket-propelled grenade landed nearby, spraying him with shrapnel in his back, leg and foot, which was severely crippled. But despite his pain, he continued on with his mission, hobbling around on a

U.S. Army Sgt. Gary M. Rose is helped from a helicopter landing area after Operation Tailwind, 1970.

stick for a crutch, ignoring his own painful injuries so he could treat the wounded. At one point, Rose risked his life to help injured soldiers into a hovering helicopter, but the enemy’s fire targeted the chopper,

and it had to abort the rescue. It crashed a few miles away. By the last day of the mission, more than half of Rose’s company had been wounded, and they were surrounded by more North Vietnamese troops than they could handle. They had to evacuate. But setting up a landing zone perimeter was difficult under fire, and many more men fell. Rose continued to retrieve each man and treat him, despite his pain and the fact that he was completely exposed to the enemy. As the extraction helicopters came in, Rose stayed on the outside perimeter to repel the continuous enemy assault. When he finally jumped on the last leaving chopper, enemy soldiers were within 50 meters of him. At about 4,500 feet in the air, the helicopter was hit by anti-aircraft fire, and Rose heard the engine stop. But before the chopper crashed, in typical Rose fashion, he saved the life of a Marine door gunner who had been hit in the neck after takeoff. Rose was thrown from the aircraft just before it hit the ground. Dazed but OK, he crawled back to the fuel-leaking helicopter to move the injured men inside out of the way of a possible explosion. He kept giving aid until another helicopter came for them. Even after he returned to base, Rose refused to get treatment until his men were

tended to first. There were a lot of men wounded over that four-day mission, and only three died. Yet, thanks to Rose, the lives of up to 70 men were saved. His devotion, professionalism and extreme courage under fire reflected great credit upon him. That’s why he’s receiving the Medal of Honor. Rose is the 18th Vietnam veteran from the 5th Special Forces Group to receive the nation’s highest honor for valor. Eight of them have been awarded posthumously. After his recovery, Rose continued his Army career. He spent time in Panama before attending Officer Candidate School, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in December 1973. He went on to get his bachelor’s and master’s degrees before retiring as an Army captain in May 1987. The Army hero said he was excited to receive the Medal of Honor, but he insisted it was earned by all the men in his group. “That medal, to me, recognizes finally the service of all the men in all those years that served in MACSOG (Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group). It’s a collective medal from my perspective,� he told the Army News Service. The medal, he added, represents “all the courage and honor and dedication to duty that those men served.�

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Jeri Jacquin: What drew you to “Thank You for Your Service?� Miles Teller: I have always had a lot of respect for the military, and I felt like Adam’s story was extremely powerful, so I wanted to help tell it. I felt a responsibility actually. JJ: When you read the script, is there anything that jumped out at you the most? MT: I think just the struggle is what I find actually incredible. We don’t have any integration programs for our soldiers who are in war one day and the next week are home making pancakes for their family, as in the case of Adam. It is something that he’s not able to talk to his wife about, and that’s extremely difficult. JJ: It’s a story of the struggle to go from one extreme to the other so quickly. MT: Yes, it is incomprehensible to us as civilians, but I felt by doing this film, I was able to empathize and appreciate in such a way that I am grateful for. It helps you understand the struggle these soldiers are going through. Millions of soldiers are dealing with PTSD, and it’s tough. JJ: When you first began filming, was it hard to find your step when it comes to the scenes dealing with PTSD? MT: Absolutely. Every day on this film I was nervous about messing it up. I know how heavily this film and this performance was going to be scrutinized because I am representing our military. I was representing a staff sergeant in the Army, and I am aware of how much they sacrifice to have

Haley Bennett plays Saskia, wife of Adam Schumann (Miles Teller) in “Thank You for Your Service.�

that job title. I was extremely nervous. Everyday on set I was telling myself, “I hope I don’t mess this up.� JJ: The film bounces between what happens in Iraq to what happens at home. The scenes in Iraq are very intense. How was that for you to deal with? MT: I think we were actually excited at that point because we had been trained tactically and trained to move as a unit. We learned to shoot M-4s and wear the gear that came along with an objective and a mission. When you are a kid, you play cops and robbers or soldiers — you know, make believe — but this is that at its highest level. Of course, I’m not glorifying that because the difference is that what the soldiers did

into a deep conversation with a soldier. I think that’s unfortunate. I think the divide between soldier and civilian is wider than it has ever been. I’m hoping this film shortens the divide and brings us all together making us all part of it under the flag. JJ: Instead of “Thank you for your service� we can change it to “How are you doing?� to really bring out a conversation. MT: Yes, that’s great. A guy shook Adam’s hand and said, “welcome home,� which turned out to be the most powerful thing anyone had said to him. He said he broke down in tears after that. JJ: This is such an intense film in the sense that it’s about both the physical and emotional pain of reaching out for help. When viewers leave the theater, what do you hope they take with them? MT: I hope that the film creates some empathy, and I hope it creates a discussion. I think in our country these soldiers are the biggest group that needs help. These soldiers are suffering, and it’s so much more than PTSD. It’s not like previous soldiers who came home and just didn’t talk about it. I hope this film can be informative, enlightening and humanizes what our soldiers are dealing with. I hope there are a whole range of emotions that bring about discussion of what they are going through. We need to close that gap between civilian and veteran most definitely.

was very real and in filming the scenes we got to go home at the end of the day. JJ: I was talking to Adam about the phrase “Thank you for your service.� What does that mean for you? MT: It’s just something that has become part of the national lexicon when meeting somebody who is in the armed services. It’s something that people say who don’t have the full understanding of the soldier’s experience. These guys don’t want to be thanked. Adam didn’t do what he did to be thanked or congratulated by civilians. He was doing his job. It’s also the end of a conversation where Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on civilians distance themselves from soldiers. films and television, go to http://moviemaven. It’s thanking them without actually getting


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all. I had the opportunity to speak with Adam Schumann about his experiences in watching his story come to the screen and how he is doing now. Jeri Jacquin: My apologies in advance because I’m sure you have been asked this question before, but can you tell me your thoughts about hearing your story was being made into a film? Adam Schumann: I actually thought, “Great, if it happens!� I didn’t give it much thought after that, really. I wasn’t sure how they were going to put my life into a movie at first actually. It seemed a task in itself. JJ: What was your role in “Thank You for Your Service?� AS: I was kind of a technical adviser, making sure all the uniforms were right and if something was off I would let them know. Jason (the director) says my fingerprints are all over the film! Oh, the radio in the Humvee that you hear is my voice, as well. I wrote all the dialogue and talk on the radio for the background. I had a cameo where I get to welcome “myself � home too. I also sing the final credit song with Bruce Springsteen. JJ: Oh no way, seriously? AS: Yes! That is an old Army cadence I was singing in the shower one day, and it turns out that Bruce Springsteen liked it. He sang it, and had me sing the back up and the chorus with him. It was amazing that we worked on it together. JJ: These are hard questions sometimes for me to ask because, as a mom of a threetour veteran, there is a line I don’t want to cross which conflicts with the writer in me who knows I need to ask the questions. AS: Please ask whatever questions you like and don’t worry. JJ: Thank you. So let’s go for the big question then — when you were participating and watching “Thank You for Your Service� being made, how was it for you to see it all come back in a way. AS: It was very therapeutic, actually. It’s not often you get to take a trip down memory lane, and I mean really take that trip down memory lane. It’s a chance to dig into it, and I mean really dig into it and relive each experience and then have everyone around you sharing it and working on that very same memory in a movie. There were tough days where we would shoot certain scenes, and it was difficult, but overall it was just very therapeutic. I actually think it was the best therapy I’ve had in the past 10 years. JJ: I wasn’t expecting that answer. AS: Well, you get to see your progress. You look back at how bad it was, and I look at myself in the mirror today and I’m still here. I’m still kicking, and I’m not stopping so — it’s good. JJ: With what you went through, digging into your life, how has what you experienced changed you? AS: Wow. I would like to think it has changed me for the better. I think I have a better understanding of sensitivity toward humanity and maybe more empathy. I don’t know, I just think that now I’m here 12 /PW

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and can look back at it all. It’s made me a stronger and better person — that’s it. JJ: The film deals a lot with PTSD, and once the film is over there are so many questions on how to deal with this issue. The barriers are heartbreaking. For you, how did you deal with those barriers? AS: I really just wanted to get better, and I really wanted to be myself again. Every time I would run into a door or barrier, I would just figure out a way around it. It was probably the hardest fight of my life to just get back to who I was, and the biggest


ployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last 16 years. They say one in five has TDI or PTSD, so you are looking at 500,000 people at least — at least! That’s a big number. JJ: That’s a staggering number, and as a parent you look at your child and see them struggling and you wonder, “How do other parents do this?� It’s not like when they were teenagers and you do the ‘�straighten up and fly right� parental attitude. How has this been for your family? AS: Saskia and I divorced a bit after David Finkel wrote the book “Thank You For

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revelation of that is that you are not going to get back to who you were before. You are not going to be that person again after an experience like that. It was just fighting every step of the way because I wanted to be better for my kid and for my wife. I wanted to be happy again. JJ: I know there are so many soldiers out there going through the same situation, and no one can understand that fight but the soldiers, themselves. AS: I had my days where I wanted to give up, and you see that in the film. When some small little nuisance in your life trips you up, you want to throw your hands up in the air. I don’t know what kept bringing me back, I really don’t. It’s crazy thinking about it now, going through all of that. JJ: When I was watching the film, knowing that there is more than one person going through this but actually thousands of people, it’s astounding. AS: There are hundreds of thousands because there were 2.5 million soldiers de-

I’m finding out. JJ: The title “Thank You for Your Service,� I have had some military say it has different meaning for them whether good, bad or indifferent. What does it mean for you? AS: I use to get embarrassed when people said it, and I would think, “Why are you thanking me?� You really don’t know what to say because it’s the beginning and an end to a conversation. It’s a statement and that’s it. It’s not a “Hi, how are you doing?� kind of thing — that’s it. I don’t know many military soldiers that signed up to be in the military for people to say, “Thank you for your service.� It’s not about free meals on Veterans Days and stuff like that. It can make it awkward. I think the movie title is however you want to take it as a person. What does “Thank you for your service� mean to you, and what are we thanking them for? I think the title works well, but as far as saying it to a veteran there are other things you could say like, “How are you doing?� or “Welcome home,� which is a great one. JJ: When people ask, “How are you doing now?� — how is it for you? AS: I get asked that one, but I never thought of it being an odd or difficult question. That one doesn’t bother me at all ever. It shows a genuine interest, and it’s a conversation and it opens the door. At the end of this story, you genuinely want to know how that guy is doing. JJ: From you, when people walk out of the theater after watching “Thank You for Your Service,� what do you hope they take away with them? AS: I hope a few things. I hope it gets people thinking, I hope it gets people talking about this issue. It’s not just a military issue. It’s everybody’s issue. None of us get through life without experiencing some pretty severe trauma, and if you do you are fortunate. Trauma is universal, and it’s not biased and doesn’t care who you are. I think this will help people accept that, and start talking about it, and if they know someone who has experienced something bad that they will lend an ear and help relieve some of that weight. I hope people help each other and have hope. I wish for a little more love and happiness and help each other out. We are all in this together, and when you are in a position to help, do so. And if you need help — ask for it.

Your Service,� but now it’s actually been good. We live in the same town, and we split the kids week on and week off. The kids are extremely happy and thriving, Speaking with Adam brought double emoand Saskia is remarried and happy. I’m just doing my thing, and I’m happy. Every- tions for me. There are soldiers who struggle in ways we cannot understand, and that body is actually doing really well. struggle hits some of us very close to home. JJ: So what is your thing now? AS: I hunt and fish a lot. That’s my It is a complex issue, but one that needs our thing! When I’m not doing the full-time military to step up and help the soldiers who dad gig, I do a little bit of work, and then I have done everything asked of them. The other side of the emotional sword try to go hunting or fishing everyday. JJ: What are you fishing for? I saw a is that of any parent who has a child that comes home wanting to be helped. Providphoto of you with a fish and it was huge! AS: It doesn’t matter to me. If there is ing that help should be first and foremost water, I’m going to fish in it. It does not in our country, and parents of these solmatter. I usually go out and catch dinner, diers are becoming loudly vocal in calling for better access for returning soldiers. get some veggies, and that’s my day. In the end — this is one man’s story JJ: It’s not a bad day. AS: I’m just trying to keep it simple and that speaks for thousands! keep it light. I’m trying to go back to the things I missed when I was in really bad Jeri Jacquin is the Movie Maven. For more on places. You have to keep it simple. The films and television, go to http://moviemaven. simpler it is the better it is, and that’s what XXX NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN t OFXT!NJMJUBSZQSFTT DPN

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