Six strong, inspiring women tell their stories in THE WEIGHT OF HONOR, a documentary about the caregivers of veterans who have been catastrophically wounded in America’s longest war. These inspirational women are transformed overnight to 24/7 caregivers responsible for keeping their war-wounded ALIVE. The film reveals the family dynamic, their relationships before the wounds of war, and now, the uncertainties that lie ahead.
The Weight of Honor is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of families caring for their catastrophically wounded returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Over the course of five years we follow the arc of what happens when some of America’s military return home physically and emotionally broken. What happens when they return is not only a personal journey but also that of their family caregivers who have no training other than the love for their wounded.
What does it take for a mother to guide her young son through a painful rehabilitation from severe burns and amputation? How does a young child comfort his father who is a shell of himself, fearful of even their own home? Who has the strength to wash the wounds of her catastrophically burned husband when he howls in pain with every drop of water? What responsibility weighs on a young wife who must now care for her war-wounded husband as well as their newborn baby?
Our military does not prepare families for the return of a wounded warrior. The Weight of Honor tells their stories of strength, exhaustion, conflict, and even humor as they chart a course through the unknown.
STEPHANIE SELDIN HOWARD
“An impressive film depicting the real world struggles and challenges faced by post 9/11 veterans and their caregivers as they adjust to a new normal life post deployment with visible and invisible wounds.”
Leisa Easom, PhD, RN, Pope Eminent Scholar
Executive Director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for
Caregiving at Georgia Southwestern State University
“A brutally honest film of courage and loyalty above and beyond the call of duty”
Hal Donahue, HuffPost
Perfect for students and researchers of:
- Social Work
- Military Studies
Acquired by the following educational institutions:
- Syracuse University
- University of Southern California
- University of Nebraska – Omaha
“Caring for wounded veterans when they return from war is one of America’s most sacred obligations. Given the nature of war, we will face this obligation for years to come. But just as important as caring for wounded veterans is supporting the care givers. This is a must see film that calls upon all Americans to support the women (and men) who care for our catastrophically wounded veterans.”
William L. Blizek, Ph.D.
Peter Kiewit Distinguished Professor
University of Nebraska at Omaha