From Tyler: “So on the 10th in DC that documentary is screening for the first time at the Capitol for Congress and military brass. Seeing as it is about bridging the gap (kind of), I would really love you to see it and see what you think. I haven’t seen it…but I hear good things…and yes I have to be there which quite frankly I am scared shitless about as this is waaaaaaaaaay out of my comfort zone…That being said I always tell my classes to live outside their comfort zone so it is time I practice what I preach…”
So he watched it. And I watched it. And I was proud of my friend and proud to be there and once the shine of the night wore off a pair of shaky hands (inside joke you had to be there ha ha) snapped a pic of me and Tyler, a reminder now to say what I was thinking that entire night. Which is that I really admire his ability to fight the awkwardness of saying hey this is me this is my story and I hope someone else gets something out of it and if there is a way to make America better, to help soldiers, then I’m in – whatever it costs.
A couple take-aways but actually just one:
If Jayson and Tyler, two Special Operations soldiers, can expose themselves to a degree of vulnerability like this, if they can say I hit rock bottom call it PTSD or whatever and it sucked and I had to ask for help to get back to being me again, does the stigma around asking for help go away for all war veterans?
And I say no it doesn’t, but it starts to.
And that’s why I’m proud of this film.