NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Many western New Yorkers have friends or relatives who are having trouble coping because of their combat experience.
The new movie "Halfway Home" talks about the struggles war heroes face when they come home with post traumatic stress disorder. It's a movie News 4 is proud to be a co-sponsor of, and tonight is its red carpet premiere in Niagara Falls.
Its promoter, Joe Ciffa says it sheds light on the price America's bravest pay for our freedom.
One in six soldiers who took part in the initial invasion of Iraq were deeply troubled by their war experiences after they came home.
Cast member and also an Iraq war veteran, Aimee Sherrod says when she came home, she had trouble coping with life.
She said she had a number of symptoms including a really short temper and short fuse. "I find it hard to form personal relationships; I don't trust people."
Shawn McMullen of Williamsville returned home wounded from combat. Along with a traumatic brain injury and other injuries he suffered, he was tormented by the memories that came back at night.
He lost several friends to combat and suicide and wants fellow veterans to learn what they need to help themselves. He is considering attending the premiere tonight.
McMullen said, "Get past the denial part, no matter what you have to do, because until you do, you're not going to succeed in life."
Sherodd's mother, Connie Bundrich says a veteran's family can also play a major role in the recovery process. She says, "The best thing a family can do is to become educated, to know what it is, and not be afraid of it, and to understand that vet."
The screening will take place at 7p.m. Friday night at the Seneca Events Complex in Niagara Falls. Tickets are $10 for veterans and $20 for general admission.
After the movie, cast members, and doctors will be there to answer questions from the audience.
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