San Diego, CA (PressExposure) April 24, 2009 -- After shooting at the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Stand Down for the Veterans Administration, and learning that there were nearly a quarter of a million homeless veterans on the streets of our nation, including veterans of WW2, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War, and now the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Patty Mooney and Mark Schulze decided to produce a documentary about homeless veterans; they wanted answers to their questions. Why were there so many homeless veterans? Why were they homeless? What was it like to be homeless? Do all of them suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)? And what is PTSD? What kind of help were these veterans getting? Who was helping? How could the typical American help?
It took nearly two years for Mooney and Schulze to produce âThe Invisible Ones: Homeless Combat Veterans, shot on HDV and featuring archival footage. The couple interviewed Congressman Bob Filner, Chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee; Congresswoman Susan Davis, Chair of the Military Personnel Committee; Gary Becks, Director of Rescue Task Force; Dr. Jon Nachison, Co-Founder of San Diego Stand Down; Al Pavich, Former Commander and Retired CEO of VVSD (Veterans Village of San Diego); Darcy Pavich, Chaplain and Stand Down Coordinator; Brigadier General Bob Cardenas; Robert Schmidt, Director of Vince Lombardi Association; Jessica Brian and Michael Kilmer, Veterans Administration Outreach Therapists, and several homeless veterans.
All contributions to this documentary were pro bono, even down to the music, box cover graphics, website creation and DVD replication. Mooney edited at night and on weekends, grappling with technical difficulties, and whenever she thought of quitting, she remembered, âthere are veterans who are homeless tonight and we have to help them.â
The documentary has won three national awards, a Platinum Ava, a Golden Aurora and an Accolade Award of Merit in recognition of its contribution to profound social change. It will also be featured at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival in May 2009.
Churches, veterans associations, philanthropy clubs and others are welcome to request the DVD for free and share it with their members. All revenue generated from sales and showings of the documentary goes to homeless veterans organizations such as VVSD and the National Coalition for the Homeless. A website, http://www.theinvisibleones.org informs visitors how they may be of assistance to homeless veterans. Money is welcome; volunteering time is priceless.