The Cross-Generational Battle with PTSD

From the beginning of war, those thrust onto the field of battle have gone through their own levels of mental trauma. ACRONYM, a 94-minute film documentary, takes an in-depth and personal look at those who are experiencing, suffering from and living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. The film examines the common bond these brave veterans share: the demons that only war can bring. ACRONYM features extensive interviews with U.S. veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf Wars I and II, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. For some WWII veterans, they are only now dealing with their PTSD – some 70 years after serving.


These are stories that must be shared, and ACRONYM is an incredibly touching portrayal of life with PTSD. The film also presents alternative therapies and treatments, both traditional methods and promising non-traditional techniques. And finally, after documenting the triumphs, struggles, heartbreak and sacrifice of our veterans and their families, ACRONYM looks ahead with hope. ACRONYM is a gripping, vivid and real account of the invisible trauma war leaves behind. Regardless of their combat tours in different wars, many U.S. veterans living with PTSD share the same common enemy. ACRONYM takes a different approach to examining this important topic, with veterans sharing their most personal stories of both horror and triumph.


The Community Benefits of this film to date include:


  • World premiere over two days drew nearly 2,000 attendees.
  • Invited twice to present on Capitol Hill, once to House Veteran Affairs Committee to discuss alternative therapies to help veterans.
  • Over 6,000 DVDs given away at no charge to veterans and their families.
  • Over 40 private screenings of film with PTSD counselors on site for veterans
  • Unsolicited, two dozen veterans said the film literally saved their life.

Format combat veteran, now veteran PTSD counselor Duane France wrote in his blog about ACRONYM; “Acronym is about PTSD, suicide, recovery, and hope. If you are a family member or a loved one of a veteran, I highly recommend that you watch it. If you work with veterans, or want to do so in any way, I recommend you watch it. If you’re a veteran, I think it’s extremely important that you watch it, but might also want to make sure you’re in a good place, both emotionally and physically.”