Adventure Not War

Adventure Not War

8 minutes 2017 8.9/10 based on 7 votes

The statistics regarding what happens to war veterans are discouraging. It seems like after coming home from deployment many veterans try to handle the PTSD by abusing drugs and alcohol. The majority has tried to avoid getting sucked into this situation, but it’s not easy. As a last recourse some end up taking their own lives.

Words fail to explain the horrors of war accurately. Only those who have lived it know what it’s really like. This film features Stacy Bare, Robin Brown, and Matthew Griffin, three U.S. Army Captains who embarked on an emotional journey back to Iraq where they served.

They decided to look at the places they had been to before in an entirely different light. What they saw were men, women, and children who were no longer a threat, but who were trying, like everybody else, to survive and to thrive.

For some of them, there are dozens of unanswered questions constantly on their minds, especially those that beg for explanations regarding the deaths of friends and companions. Seeing lifeless bodies strewn all over and witnessing dogs fighting for the meat of what was once a person is not an easy scene to forget.

Being able to experience once again the country, its people, and its culture is a freedom they do not take lightly. As they enjoy the beauty of it, they think about the privilege they were granted to remain alive while many other soldiers lost their lives. And little by little, once they reach the summit, they decide to lay their burdens down and to stop carrying the baggage that had been weighing on their shoulders for over a decade. Each individual needs to become responsible for his or her own healing process and this can only be done once we willingly decide to write a different ending.

This film takes us into Iraqi mountains where it reveals the rarely seen parts of a place scarred by the destruction of war. The approach it takes on is new; it invites veterans to heal their emotional wounds by modifying their experiences in the very places where they served.

Peace will only come when we stop focusing on all our differences and begin to appreciate all the things we have in common. Because at the end of the day, we are more alike than we think. Watch this thought-provoking film now.

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Rating: 8.9/10 based on 7 votes

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