Hello, I’m Jane Hanson… I’m proud to bring you the stories of military heroes … their words never heard before — in this compelling series … Unspoken, Now Told: Soldier Stories.
In this edition of the film series, you’ll meet three military veterans – one American and two Canadian – each of whom bravely served during the War in Afghanistan … a multi-nation effort that continues to this day.
What you’re about to see are the first-hand accounts of modern military combat – stories that are not commonly told on the nightly news. Lesser known are the tales of how a soldier transitions back into civilian life after facing the ravages of war.
While it may be difficult to watch these personal accounts of the physical and emotional toil that war can inflict, you will come away with a deeper understanding of the sacrifices our veterans are willing to make in order to keep us safe.
Identifying and managing PTSD on the Homefront is a daily struggle. Each of these stories presents three unique narratives, which detail a soldier comes to grips with learning and understanding their diagnosis and how they sought help.
Historically speaking, war veterans have spoken little, if at all, about the mental anguish they endure. Only in recent times has PTSD entered into the vernacular.
Today, many soldiers are willing to talk openly about their personal experiences with this debilitating condition. By doing so, they are helping to bring PTSD out in the open so that their fellow veterans can follow by their example on the path to healing.
If you, or someone you know, is suffering in silence – know that there are resources available to help you manage and cope with PTSD.
Michael Cotts | Sergeant Major, 4th Engineer Support Regiment, Canadian Armed Forces | Served in Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia and Afghanistan | Received the following medals for his service: Kuwait Campaign Medal, Bosnia Campaign Medals, Somalia Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Peacekeeping Medal, Canadian Forces Decoration
Michael Fuentespina | Chief Warrant Officer, Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Group Headquarters, Royal Canadian Air Force | Served in Norway, Germany, United Kingdom, France, United States, Afghanistan and Bosnia | Received the following medals for his service: NATO-FY (Former Yugoslavia); CPSM (Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal); CD (Canadian Decoration); QDJM (Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal); GCS (General Campaign Star – Afghanistan); and MMM (Member of the Order of Military Merit)
Fuentespina shares one of the more jarring and unsettling memories from his 2008 tour of duty, when he served as a member of the Counter-IED’s Advisory Response Team during the War in Afghanistan. Nine years after that tour ended, Fuentespina was officially diagnosed with PTSD.
Ronan Seltenreich | Scout Platoon Leader, U.S. First Battalion, 508th Infantry, United States Army | Served in Afghanistan | Received the following medals for his service: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge
Seltenreich shares two pivotal moments from his deployment in war-torn Afghanistan — one in which he nearly lost his life; the other, in which he learns of his best friend’s death. After serving two tours of duty, Seltenreich returned home and began working through the emotional aftermath of military conflict.
“Hello. I’m Jane Hanson, and I’m proud to bring you the stories of our nations heroes, their words never heard before, in this compelling series “Unspoken, Now Told: Soldier Stories.” The footage that you’re about to watch is part of an on-going mission to document the wartime stories of our nation’s military veterans, from World War II through today’s conflicts, all in the voices of the men and the women who fought for our freedom, facing down enemies poised to change our way of life. First in the series, this moving and thought-provoking video gives us a new look into the World War II experience through previously undocumented first-person accounts. Each story is told by the solider himself. Many of these stories have been left unspoken, until now.”
Alvin Gerson | Seaman First Class/Musician 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, Navy Band/Guard Duty | Served the Mariana Islands | Received the following medals for his service: Overseas Service and Good Conduct Medal
Joseph James Federel | Radio Operator 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, K Division | Served in the Pacific Theater during WWII | Received the following medals for his service: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal