America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new population of American veterans: service members so severely disabled they would have not survived in previous wars, but because of advanced medical technology, they survive. We’ve figured out how to keep them alive and bring them back home—but what then? American Veteran is a feature-length documentary portrait of one such soldier, Army Sergeant Nick Mendes. Nick was paralyzed from the neck down by a massive improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011, when he was 21 years old. Despite severe physical injuries and PTSD, Nick’s mind is clear, and his spirit and sense of humor are very much intact.
Filmmakers will participate in a Q&A following the screening.
See the Film
Sat Oct 28In Person at Bow Tie Cinemas
11940 Market St., Reston, VA 2019012:00 pm