“Thank You For Your Service” Documentary on War Trauma To Be Presented at Crandell Theatre Saturday, September 17th


Award-winning documentary presented by the Chatham Film Club

CHATHAM, NY—The Chatham Film Club will host a special screening of ‘Thank You for Your Service,’ an award-winning documentary that explores the nation’s superficial understanding of war trauma, including PTSD, and the flawed policies surrounding it. The movie will be shown on Saturday, September 17th beginning 12 p.m. at the Crandell Theatre, 48 Main Street, in Chatham.

Thank You for Your Service’ interweaves the stories of four Iraq War Veterans with interviews of top military and civilian leaders, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, Generals David Petraeus and Loree Sutton, Nicholas Kristof, Dexter Filkins, Senator Patty Murray, Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson. The documentary examines why the military was not better prepared for the impact of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq on U.S. service members, the lessons forgotten from past wars and the need for wide-scale reform to prevent the loss of a generation of brave men and women.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to screen this thought provoking film at the Crandell and give the community an opportunity to learn more about challenges that many veterans face every day,” said Fred Ulrich, President of the Board of Directors of the Chatham Film Club. “We’d like to thank Director Tom Donahue for selecting the Crandell Theatre for the special screening and Peter Bujanow for arranging participants for our panel discussion.”

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Parry Teasdale, Editor and Publisher of The Columbia Paper, with the film’s Director Tom Donahue, Producers Ilan Arboleda and Matt Tyson, Congressman Chris Gibson, U.S. Army Colonel Eric J. Hesse, Director of the NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs and a representative from NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs. A letter of support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and video statements from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko will also be presented following the film. Seating for this free screening is available on a first-come, first-served basis and doors will open at 11:30 am.

“Less than 1 percent of the population serves in the military now, and that is part of the reason why the public is so largely unaware of the issues they are facing,” said Donahue, who hopes the film creates enough awareness to spark the creation of a Behavioral Health Corps as a Division of the Department of Defense. In fact, Donahue has created a website dedicated to the creation of the agency (and about ‘Thank You For Your Service’) at www.bhcnow.com. Donahue believes very strongly in the power of documentary filmmaking to affect change.

Thank You For Your Service will open in select markets for week long engagements on October 7th in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., followed by a nationwide Theatrical On Demand® release of one night only event screenings beginning October 17th — continuing throughout the fall and winter via Gathr.com. The documentary won “Best Documentary at the GI Film Festival in DC, and the “Impact Award” at the Illuminate Festival.



Director: Tom Donahue

Producers: Ilan Arboleda, Tom Donahue, Matt Tyson

Co-Producers: Jacques Levy, Steve Edwards, Patty Casby, Kate Lacey-Kiley

Executive Producer:  Gerald Sprayregen

Co-Executive Producer: Regina K. Scully

Cinematographer: Peter Bolte, Justin Garcia

Editor: Jill Schweitzer

Composer: Leigh Robert