by Staff Sgt. Wayne Barnett
TriWest and Gary Sinise sponsored a special screening of “Brothers At War,” and an appearance by filmmaker Jake Rademacher at Fort Carson’s McMahon Auditorium June 15.
The documentary follows the lives of three brothers and their families through multiple deployments. Rademacher produced the film to show what impact those deployments had on both Soldiers and Family.
“Whenever I have been at the crossroads in my life, journaling has helped me find my way to the right path,” said Rademacher. “I have discovered things about myself. I have discovered intentions of others, and also where I have not been diligent in my important relationships. It has also been a place for me to vent my frustrations.”
Fort Carson was the fourth Army test site as part of a Defense Centers of Excellence Resilience and Prevention Directorate study to check its therapeutic aid in helping with building resilience and dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“We are here to see the Soldiers’ interaction as they are observing this documentary. The booklets that we are handing out are provided by TriWest and … used for therapeutic journaling. We are interested in seeing how the Soldiers are going to take that book and utilize it once they leave,” said Navy Cmdr. George Durgin, resilience division chief.
The booklets also encourage Soldier and Family interaction and journaling.
“It’s another tool in our toolbox. The more tools we have the better we can help the Soldier,” said Durgin.
Following the show, Rademacher encouraged moviegoers to start journaling by engaging the audience in discussions about their own experiences.
“This movie really opened my eyes, as my wife just deployed for her first time June 13 and it allowed me to see what she and our Family will go through,” said Kareem Braithwaite, director of intramural sports, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.