When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless

May 23, 2011 Guest Posts, Spotlight 159

To celebrate Memorial Day, I’ve asked indie filmmaker Nina Gilberti to share her experiences in filming her forthcoming documentary, When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless.

It’s an honor to have Nina with us today. Nina just finished working in her sixth season as a film editor on the popular CBS crime drama Criminal Minds and is returning to the show in July for season seven. Nina received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Editing for the ABC documentary Positive: A Journey Into AIDS. In 2012, she’ll release her first feature length film as producer & director.

When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless is a provocative documentary about the many issues our veterans have always faced upon returning ‘home’ from every war.

When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless

Produced & Directed by Nina Gilberti

All images are still frames taken from actual footage shot.
©2011 Jam On Toast Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless

When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless

 

Ron Kovic, Vietnam Veteran, Peace Activist, and author of Born on the Fourth of July has endorsed the film, saying, ‘When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless is one of the most important documentaries being made at this time.’

Nina, would you please tell us about your film.

Terri, thank you so much for asking me to participate in Blog Tour de Troops. It’s a great project and a wonderful gift to honor our service women and men. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this blog and also to share with your followers a little bit about my film, When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless.

The taglines for this film say it all: The wounds of war are not all on the outside. War doesn’t end when a soldier returns home, for many it’s just the beginning.

Homeless

Homeless

This documentary focuses the viewer’s attention on the myriad issues veterans and their families face upon returning home from war. Some of the most pressing and insidious include: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), also known as ‘shell shock & battle fatigue’ – an anxiety disorder; TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)- which often goes undiagnosed only to show up later with greater consequences; military sexual trauma (abuse) among both women and men; drug & alcohol addiction; war flashbacks- intrusive memories- nightmares, paranoia, emotional numbing; hyper vigilance – being on guard all the time, scanning for signs of danger, having an exaggerated startle response, and unpredictable behavior.

Arlington West, Santa Monica

Arlington West, Santa Monica.

The US military has largely allowed these problems to go untreated in many veterans, resulting in significant rates of joblessness, divorce, spousal abuse and homicide, death from prescription drug cocktails, homelessness, and suicide.

That’s horrifying. Why does this happen?
There is no transition in place within the military training system to help soldiers return to civilian life. In addition, there is the added stigma attached to being diagnosed with PTSD within the ranks that compounds the problem of being properly helped. These are the HIDDEN WOUNDS veterans have always faced when they return homeLESS: a shell of the person they once were. The word ‘homeless’ in the title is more of a metaphor for the journey home.

Tell us about making the film. When did you start? How far along are you?

I began shooting this documentary when the writers went on strike out here in Hollywood, back in November 2007. After I completed my last episode on Criminal Minds at the end of October in 2007, I had a choice to either sit the strike out in Los Angeles, not knowing when it would end, or go into debt and purchase an HD camera, sound equipment, and fly back to my home town of Philadelphia and begin shooting the documentary I have always wanted to create. I chose the latter without hesitation. I made a lot of calls to friends back home- to see who knew who in this world of veterans and non-profits (the experts) who help them- and I began my amazing journey into learning more.

Arlington West, Santa Monica

Arlington West, Santa Monica.

To date 150 hours of footage has been shot in locations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia and suburbs, New Jersey, San Francisco, Belchertown, MA, and Louisville, KY. All funding thus far has been out of my own pocket. I am applying for grants and other funding in order to finish the film. I have about 75 more hours to shoot around the country, and then the editing process begins.

What inspired you to film a documentary about veterans?

When I look back, I realize this project began, at least subconsciously, in the summer of 1972. As a first year student at Penn State University, University, Park campus, I was exposed for the first time to Vietnam War protests and found myself drawn into the quagmire of emotions that surrounded that war. I grew up watching the Vietnam War on television- news footage of jungle warfare, helicopters, and planes dropping napalm, and flagged draped coffins being unloaded on the tarmac. The massive protests and demonstrations across the nation, the murdering of students at Kent State, only two years prior in May of 1970, and the civil unrest of that entire decade haunted me.

Hate the war. Love the warrior.

Joseph

Joseph

‘Hate the war, love the warrior’ was a mantra I adopted along with others. Unfortunately, many Americans managed to forget the second part of that important and meaningful slogan. Vietnam Veterans returning from war were treated with great disrespect by both their compatriots and their government. Most returning soldiers were drafted into that war against their will. They served their 12-month tour and came home fundamentally changed forever.

For a multiplicity of reasons, the Veterans Administration and the military machine did very little to help these men and women cope with the many issues-ranging from combat stress and PTSD to drug abuse- that they carried with them along with their duffle sacks as they landed on US soil. As a nation, we turned our backs on these veterans of war, and as a result, many landed on the streets of America, homeless, dealing with the hidden wounds of battle.

Jeffrey Michael Lucey

Jeffrey Michael Lucey

In 1997, I found myself on the VA website, and was horrified to read ‘one-third of those living on the streets across America served during the Vietnam War.’ This fact angered me, and ultimately propelled me to create this documentary.

Is it hard for veterans to talk about these issues? If so, how do you get them to open up?

This film has very much been a personal journey ~ taking one baby step at a time into a world that held many unknowns. One great learning experience for me happened with Ron Kovic, a Vietnam veteran, and author of the book Born on the Fourth of July. I had managed to find Ron online and we began emailing about the documentary. He and I ventured into an amazing dialogue over the next few weeks about Vietnam, his hometown, the sixties, his movie with Tom Cruise, and of course, his own return home.

During this time, we had set up a tentative date to film an interview with him for the doc. Friendlier, yet terribly profound conversations by phone continued for another couple weeks until it was time to finalize the interview date and time. That’s when I received an email from him saying that he wouldn’t be able to do the interview after all. Needless to say, I was extremely confused and disappointed. I lost sleep over it. I gave it a few days before I wrote him back an email explaining my confusion, but also how valuable his voice would be to this film. How so many young, returning vets could learn from his experience- given the current two wars, and how the same issues have continued since Vietnam.

Ron Kovic

Ron Kovic

After a day or so, I received an email from Ron explaining why. Simply- it was his PTSD. He said that he rarely does interviews anymore, because frankly, the interviewer gets the story-they get what they need from him and then they pack up and go home – leaving him alone to put all those pieces of himself back together again that he unraveled for the interview – reliving that horrible past.

I got it. It was a shocking truth– which I never thought about, but was very real. It was one of those great learning experiences, and to see first hand that kind of covert episode of PTSD before my own eyes.

I told Ron that I understood, and proposed that he not speak about his experiences in Vietnam but about HOPE. To give these young men and women returning home a different and positive way of looking at their world, despite the fact that they are forever changed, forever different. And I promised him that my assistant, Glenn, and I would not just leave him after the interview, that we would be more than honored to take him out to dinner and share some laughter. We did, and it was one of the most profound moments I had making this film.

Would you be willing to share a story or two?

During the first months of shooting, I experienced a moment of documentary filmmaking magic that continues to compel me to make this film. While visiting his mother at a nursing facility, my boom operator, Mike Molettiere, mentioned to the staff that he was working on Jane and Johnny. A woman overheard him and said that her brother had been homeless for over seven years, but she did not know if he was still alive. She thought he might be somewhere in the Philadelphia area. Mike told me about her story, and I contacted the local VA, but no one had heard of him.

Homeless

Homeless

While I had hopes of reuniting this family, I knew finding the lost brother was a pipe dream. About six weeks passed, and one of my contacts in Philadelphia connected me with a local homeless vet who was willing to speak on camera. Introduced to me as Robert, he bore the telltale signs of years on the street. After the interview, I asked him to sign a release form. His hands were crippled by frostbite, so I offered to print his name on the form. As he spelled his last name, I realized we had found the missing brother. I shouted to Mike, Robert started to cry, I turned the camera back on-and we were witnesses to a Miracle.

That night I interviewed Robert’s two sisters and got the back-story on their family and the pain they had all suffered over the years since Robert’s military service. The following morning, we re-united Robert and his two sisters at his ‘spot’ in downtown Philadelphia – three days before Christmas.

Robert’s story is just one of many profoundly moving experiences related in When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless.

What do you hope to achieve? What do you hope viewers take from this film?

This documentary seeks to educate and raise awareness about these issues by framing them within the expressions of human faces speaking words of truth. The film gives veterans and their families a chance to speak directly to America. Giving veterans and their families a voice on camera is not only incredibly powerful and moving to witness, but it is also deeply empowering to the interview subject. For the first time, they find validation of their feelings and experiences through the act of telling their stories on camera. Those veterans and family members I have interviewed on camera have expressed great appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to experience a personal catharsis, which is at the very least a relief for them, and sometimes a start towards healing.

Joe Galloway

Joe Galloway, war correspondent and co-author of the book We Were Soldiers Once and Young

This film also provides veterans and their families a glimmer of hope evident in the testimonies and experiences of many veterans who have made it through to the other side of their pain and suffering. By providing witness to stories like Ron Kovic’s, this film will send a message of hope to veterans struggling with the ravages of war.

The interviews in Jane & Johnny provide the viewer with moments of raw candor and emotion – depicting the rollercoaster ride of the human journey and the broken spirit we all have experienced in life. It is because of the experiences that come out of the ‘dark places,’ as Ron Kovic puts it, that we find ourselves challenged to find the light of hope and beauty.

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Why a documentary? What drew you to this particular form?

I believe in the tremendous power of documentary film. Embedded within that power is the ability to change a collective viewpoint, influence cultural moir, and educate the ignorant. My purpose in creating Jane & Johnny is simple but necessary – to wake up a nation from its apathy and move people to take on the mantle of national responsibility to help those who have sacrificed so much for all of us.

Psychiatrist Judith Herman writes in her book, Trauma and Recovery, ‘The interpretation of what seems to be a cathartic experience for the participant can also be seen as a means to initiate a collective working through trauma within the audience. Since we have gone through the act of listening, we too can function as a witness.’

And if we bear witness together, we can heal together.

Jeffrey Michael Lucey

Jeffrey Michael Lucey

What frustrations have you faced?

I guess my biggest frustration is not being able to work on this film full-time and to film around the country- getting more of the stories that need to be told. Juggling a full-time job on Criminal Minds, located in Los Angeles, while trying to work on the documentary on weekends and during hiatus has been difficult. But the flip side is my full-time job affords me the opportunity, financially, to make this film possible, so and I am truly grateful for both.

You plan to release the film in 2012. When and where can we see it?

My hope is to complete the film by December 2012, that is, if all the funding is secured in order to make that deadline. I would like to see the film have a life first at film festivals, to have it be screened in small art theaters across the country, take a shot at the Oscars, and eventually shown to a wider audience on television then be available on DVD.

What can we do to help?

There are several things…

Most documentary filmmakers apply for funding before they start shooting- I did it backwards, in part due to how I suddenly found myself with time on my hands thanks to the WGA strike. This month, the film has been accepted for fiscal sponsorship through The Center for Independent Documentary in Sharon, MA. The CID is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, which takes donations on behalf of a film, and the donor receives a receipt for a tax-deduction. This donation can be done by check or by credit card through PayPal. Everyone who donates will have their name appear in the film at the end credits as a personal thank you for your support. Link for contributions.

If you know a veteran who may be interested or may benefit from the information, please share the link to the website. We’ll be filming through 2012. If you’re a veteran, family member or friend of a veteran and you’d like to share your story, please contact me. All information will remain confidential.

Join the film’s Facebook page and stay updated.

But most important of all ~ thank a veteran for their service and tell them you appreciate the sacrifices they made for your freedom. Say hello to a homeless person, look them in the eye and ask them how they’re doing- treat them like a human being, offer them a sandwich or a bottle of water- you never know, they just might be a veteran.

 

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159 Responses to “When Jane and Johnny Come Marching Homeless”

  1. Nicole Galland

    How wonderful of you to share the information about Nina Gilberti's film. I grew up in the home of a Viet Nam vet with PTSD before anyone even knew to use the term; what a huge leap forward for insight and compassion!

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Thank you so much, Nicole! This is such a wonderful and important film. I'm hoping this post will increase awareness not only of the film, but the issues vets face. Thank you for stopping by!

  2. Leanne

    This is such a wonderful cause and I'm so glad I can play a small part in it. Thank you so much!
    leanne_gag[at]hotmail[dot]com

  3. Elizabeth Marshall

    We should think, not only on these days of remembrance, but every day that we live as free men and woman, of the courageous and brave people who made this freedom possible.

  4. Kelly Brown

    'Hate the war. Love the warrior'.
    This is a beautiful post, for an equally beautiful cause.
    The price of freedom is so huge, paid by too many. So many people need to recognise and appreciate the price paid to make the world what it is today, and I'm honoured to even be reading a step towards making this happen.

  5. Denise

    Your book sounds like something I'd reallly enjoy reading.

    Email:

    fdhelp AT gmail DOT com

  6. Ste Austin

    For every soldier that goes to war, they leave a loving family behind them. Can we also remember the families that are affected by war in so many different ways.

  7. SHARON

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS.
    I ALSO WANT TO THANK THE TROOPS FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THEY DO EVERYDAY PROTECTING US.
    EMAIL ADDRESS IS=s.males@hotmail.com

  8. Stephanie

    "The wounds of war are not all on the outside. War doesn’t end when a soldier returns home, for many it’s just the beginning."

    That is so true. I use to work for the VA Hospital in NLR, Ar. It's sad to see the shape some of the Troops come home in.

    Thank you for being part of this.

    Stephanie
    ladybug07999@yahoodotcom

  9. Sara

    Thanks for sharing the information about the documentary. Never knew the connection between Vietnam vets, PTSD and homelessness.

    Looking forward to your book

    Sara
    saragillispie (at) ymail (dot) com

  10. Anita

    I love your post and am so thankful for all of the authors doing this. The troops and their families really appreciate it. I can't wait to read your book. God Bless

    Anita
    ams06189@yahoo.com

  11. Jennifer McDonald

    I loved reading about this film. My father served in Vietnam. War isn't over just because the soldier comes home. They deal with so much that the average citizen just doesn't understand. I have loved everyday of this tour, seeing all the posts and support to our military. Great job.
    photographsmile@gmail.com

  12. Pam Lash

    Thank you so much for participating in such a wonderful shout out to the troops! I echo sentiments from others as to the need to support our military – reading material is a great way to do this.
    pam_lash at yahoo dot com

  13. Jessica Anne

    Thanks for participating in the blog tour, it's such a wonderful way to support our troops. Nina's film sounds amazing. I do some volunteer work with the homeless in Los Angeles, and many of them are vets who couldn't integrate back into society after their service. It's so sad to see.

    jessicaanne@adventureswiththreegirls.com

  14. Melissa Snow

    Thank you so much for participating in this great cause. I just stumbled on it this morning. I have read Leah's Wake and it touched me on so many levels….I'm living that story right now. Bless you for participating in this event and if possible please just donate my copy to another soldier.

  15. James R

    The blog tour de troops is a great idea.

    James R
    jamesemr(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. Amanda Rudd

    Thank you for supporting the troops, and for posting that excellent discussion about the documentary. I'm definitely going to have to check it out when it is released. I have a vast respect for the military (partially because most of my family is military), and I whole-heartedly believe in the mantra "Hate the war, love the warrior." It breaks my heart when people conflate the politician who started the war with the soldier who is merely doing his/her duty. Thank you for a wonderful post!

    rudd(dot)am@gmail(dot)com

  17. Siobhan Muir

    "Hate war. Love the warrior." Profound words and ones we can all learn from. They do their duty and dharma, and the folks back home condemn them for it. I'm so glad to hear about this documentary and that maybe we are learning from the mistakes of the 1960's and 1970's. Thank you for sharing your work and sending it to those who still do their duty and dharma.

    Siobhan
    nevadfoxATgmailDOTcom

  18. Elena Gray

    Thank you for sharing this post! My father and my father in-law were both Vietnam Vets. Neither man came back the same, as they were drafted as boys. My father in-law died as a result of the numerous injuries he suffered in Vietnam. It's sad that even today groups will disrespect our men and women in uniform.

    elena(at)elenagray(dot)com

  19. Nina Gilberti

    Terri, thank you again for contributing to such an amazing cause to help our troops. I am honored that you asked me to be a part of it. I also want to thank your supporters who have commented on the interview. Anyone who wants to stay connected to the progress of the film, please join us on Facebook, or periodically check the film's website for updates. I will post more as we get closer.

    Peace.
    Nina

  20. Judy Cox

    I really enjoyed your post! Thanks for participating in the tour. Looking forward to reading your book.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

  21. Jackie

    Thanks for the awesome post. I honestly can't wait to see Nina's documentary! I look forward to reading your book as well.

    JC
    livedreamwritejc at gmail dot com

  22. Lili Tufel

    What a terrific documentary! I love it!! Nina, I hope it wins the Oscar and draws lots of attention to something so important and so overlooked.

  23. Terri Giuliano Long

    Hi Everyone –

    Thank you so very much for participating in this wonderful event. We really appreciate your kindness!!

    A few people have asked other bloggers about the e-books and distribution:

    First, it is not necessary to own a Kindle to read these e-books. The troops can read any of our books on ANY computing device.

    Also, the IBC is not distributing the books. They are working with several established groups who have been doing this for years and routinely take requests from troops for eBooks. All books will be given to active duty personnel who have requested them.

    I hope this answers any questions you may have.

    Thank you again for your generosity and help!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

    With my best wishes,

    Terri

  24. aobibliophileÂ

    hi Terri! i commend you for your support of the troops and for being gracious! good luck with the documentary as well. please send a copy of your book to any soldier. please choose one for me.

    aobibliophile(at)gmail(dot)com

  25. John

    As a disabled vet, I would like to thank you for providing books for the men and women of the armed forces. A good book comes in handy on those lonely nights.

    john [@] johnpoindexter [dot] com

  26. Katie Dockery

    I am a military brat that married into another military family. I have and will always support our troops! Thank you for giving me another way to help them! I think this is the coolest thing! I look forward to reading your book. Thank you for posting about the documentary. It makes us face an important part of what a soldier goes through.

    Katie
    redneckinn2006@gmail.com

  27. Gail

    Thank you for honoring the troops today and for sharing this wealth of information.
    Gail
    gbaugniet at aol dot com

  28. Bonnie Pietruch

    Thank you so much for participating in this amazing event. We take our freedoms for granted and do not think about the short-term and long-term sacrifices the veterans of these conflicts make to maintain them.
    I look forward to reading your book.
    Thanks,
    Bonnie
    bpietruch@comcast.net

  29. Virginia Wright

    My husband spent 24 years active in the USN, 5 1/2 years reserve– almost thirty total. Our oldest son has been in the Air Force, going on 14 years. I also served as Ombudsman for two years back in the 80's at S.I.M.A. Charleston. The military has been part of most of my life– as I married the man who made it a career. We owe a lot to our military members, those who are on the front lines, and those who are the support team. They all have their purpose and it is equally as important as they are protecting our freedom to do things like "blog." God Bless our Troops, and God Bless the USA! And while I’m at it, we mustn’t forget our Author’s, while we all come from different walks of life, and we may write in different genres, we all have something in common…the love of words!

  30. Wenona Hulsey

    I'm so proud that everyone in the writing community is pulling together for this. I come from a military family so I understand how important it is to let them know that we appreciate all they are doing for us. God bless our troops!

    nonieh96 at yahoo dot com

  31. Denise Z

    What a wonderful blog. I started out with the writing tutorial and made my way here and really love the mantra "hate the war, love the warrior." Very thought provoking and true – lets shout it around the world. Thank you so much for participating in the blog Tour de Troops and your overwhelming generosity. I also thank you for allowing me to participate by proxy with your giving to them.

    You are wonderful to share this with us readers!

    dz59001[at]gmail[dot]com

  32. Carole

    Thank you for your offer and for supporting our troops! I look forward to reading your book on my kindle.

    carolewooten at sbcglobal dot net

  33. Amanda

    Thank you so much for supporting our troops!! And thanks for trying to get the message out about how much our troops need our support even more after they return home!!

    iarvd@yahoo.com

  34. Brianna Cheney

    I just want to say thank you for everything you are doing for our vets. I'm so excited to see Jane & Johnny completed and will root for Nina to get all the funding she needs!

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Hi Brianna,

      Thank you so much for participating in this terrific event!! I really appreciate your support! If you get this message, would you please leave an email address so I can send a coupon code for your free book?

      Thank you so much!!

      Warmest wishes,

      Terri

  35. Patti

    Thank you for the free books but even more thank you for giving to those that give so much up for us often without a thank you. On behalf of my family I would like to send out a heart felt THANK YOU to those that serve and their families!!
    prettyunicorn78@yahoo.com

  36. MaryAnn Timko

    This looks like a fabulous event! Thank you for your participation, your generous spirit and for writing what looks like an amazing novel! I can’t wait to read it.

    I’m waiting on an email address for my “troop”. Can I get that to you later?

    Kind regards,

    mybookchatter@yahoo.com

  37. Andrea Thompson

    Thank you for your generosity. I would love if my ecopy could be sent to a deserving soldier. I hope there is one out there you could give it to. Thank you!
    andreat78@yahoo.com

  38. aobibliophile™

    hi Terri! i commend you for your support of the troops and for being gracious! good luck with the documentary as well. please send a copy of your book to any soldier. please choose one for me.

    aobibliophile(at)gmail(dot)com

  39. Natalie Kanner

    Mom and Nina, I admire and appreciate your work in support of the troops. Happy Memorial Day!

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Hi Stephanie!

      I really appreciate your spreading the word! With your help, we're able to raise awareness and send books to the wonderful men and women who've requested them. That means a lot! Thank you so very, very much!

      Warmest wishes,

      Terri

  40. Sapphyria

    Thank you for the inspirational film.

    My father is a Vietnam vet and suffered w/PTSD for years. He was able to overcome it and I'm so proud of him.

    Thank you for supporting our troops!

    Saph
    saphsbookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

  41. Rachel

    Thank you so much for supporting our troops. I really enjoyed reading about this documentary. It will be interesting to see the impact it has on the American people. Thank you for participating in this blog tour. I look forward to reading In Leah's Wake.
    rachelcccr at gmail.com

  42. Renee Rearden

    Thank you so much for supporting our troops through this blog tour. I've seen such a tremendous ourpouring of good will toward our military members. I loved the blog about the documentary. This film will give a powerful message we as a nation need to hear. Please donate a copy of In Leah's Wake to a soldier or troop of your chosing.

    ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

  43. Michele Stefanides

    This is a beautiful project. For a big chunk of my career, I worked with people who were homeless; the church I belonged to also did some social justice work that included some folks who were homeless. It is amazing how many are either veterans or families with children. The public needs to know that homeless people are just that–people, so much like ourselves. We are all one tour of service in a war, one brain injury, one illness, one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves. I will be following this to see when the film is released.

    Terri, I already have two copies of your book; could you send my copy from this blog tour to another service member? Thanks so much.

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Hi Michele!

      Thank you so much for visiting today to support this blog tour! Thank you, too, for tweeting and spreading the news. Your taking the time to do this means a lot to me – and I know it means a lot to the wonderful men and women who will receive these books!

      Warmest wishes,

      Terri

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Hi Jess!

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog in support of the Tour de Troops! Your help and support mean a lot to me!! If you'd like a book – for you or a friend – please contact me: terri@tglong.com.

      Thank you again!

      Warmest wishes,

      Terri

  44. Amy

    Memorial Day should be every day and a grateful nation should act it. Thank you to our troops and those who support them.

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Hi Amy!

      Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I really appreciate your supporting our efforts to get books to the wonderful troops who've requested them.

      If you'd like a copy of In Leah's Wake – for yourself or a friend – please let me know. terri @ tglong DOT com

      Thank you so much!!

      Warmest wishes,

      Terri

  45. Lisa B

    Wow! What a post. Thanks for sharing the details of this movie. I have heard that before about Vietnam vets being the most homeless of all vets. My husband, brother and i are all Desert Storm vets. I look forward to hearing more about this film in the future and home it gets completed and the story told.

    Lisa B
    modokker at yahoo dot com

  46. Meissa

    I have always remembered that we cannot hate the soldier, have trouble convicing my ex-Army Ranger cousin of that, but that has been my standing from the begining. I am very thankful for all the Soldiers that give up their personal conformts so I can the right to ive as I wish. And thank you for joining this give away.

    karan34@yahoo.com

    Melissa

  47. Sandra Gilbert

    thank you for supporting our troops

    dreamsgate at clearwire dot net

  48. Debbie Griffith

    Thank you for supporting our troops. Looking forward to reading your book.

    debbie(underscore)griffith(at)hotmail(dot)com

  49. Angi Gray

    I typed *two* long comments and I guess I fail at answering the Anti-Spam so both are long gone :/

    Thank you for being a part of this event and also for sharing Nina's work. Its very important.

    m_kitaki@hotmail.com

  50. Jaidis

    Thank you so much for sharing that awesome post with us! The documentary sounds amazing!

    JaidisShaw at yahoo dot com

  51. Stephanie Pardee

    Thank you for the opportunity to receive your ebook for free and thanks for supporting our troops. God Bless America!

    Stephanie

    mr.boardgame AT yahoo dot com

  52. Tracy Riva

    This was the most informative post on our veterans I've seen. I live in a town that runs a shelter and assistance program for homeless vets, so I knew it was a problem, but I never realized it was anywhere near a third of the population.

    The after-effects of war is scary topic and I think we as a society turn a blind eye to it because we don't want to have to deal with how high the cost of war really is. If we can pretend most people come back the same people they were when they left we can absolve ourselves of our role in the war they had to fight.

    My youngest daughter is madly in love with a man who is serving in the Army and about to leave for his second deployment. He just came back from Iraq early last fall. He's leaving June 1st for a destination known only to him. He can't tell us. To say I worry about him is a major understatement, not knowing where he'll be only makes it worse.

    I would like the soldier's copy of your book to go to him. His name is Private Zach Schaneberger and his email is zach.schaneberger@gmail.com.

    My email address for my copy of your book is rivawriter@yahoo.com.

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I guarantee I ask the next homeless person I see how his or her day is and that I make sure there's something to eat that day.

  53. Carol B

    Thanks for treating our troops to a gift. I am sure they will like it. I get so mad when people talk bad about our military when they don't agree with war. Do they not understand if was those same people that protect the right for them to even have an opinion. I'd like to send out a huge thank you to all those that keep us safe and protect our freedom both in war times and peace times because it's hard during both.
    thank you fellow brat Carol. :-)
    carol.byles@yahoo.com

  54. Evelyn

    I think one of the most important things we can do is thank our troups. I see so many people celebrate Memorial Day and have no clue why! We make sure we explain to out kids the reason and go to something in honor of the troups, both present and past! Thank you for honoring out troups and trying to spread some joy!
    evelynmoly@yahoo.com

  55. Terri Giuliano Long

    Hi Micki –

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I really appreciate your participation in this terrific event!! If you get this message, would you please leave an email address so I can send a coupon code for your free book?

    Thank you so much!!

    Warmest wishes,

    Terri

  56. JoAnna B

    Thanks for participating in this great blog hop.

    beckerjo at verizon dot net

  57. Terri Giuliano Long

    Dear Melissa,

    Thank you so very much for stopping by to support this tour!

    I am deeply touched by your message and that you connected with my book. As a mom of four daughters, I know how heart-wrenching – and terrifying – those teen years can be. I wish you and your family only the very best.

    With warmest wishes,

    Terri

  58. Terri Giuliano Long

    Hi David!

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog! It's an honor to be able to get books to the wonderful men and women who've requested them. Your help and support in this effort mean a lot to me!!

    Warmest wishes,

    Terri

  59. Terri Giuliano Long

    Hi Ste Austin!

    You are so right – we sometimes forget the sacrifices made by the loving families of the men and women in uniform. I can only imagine the difficulty of waiting, wondering. And so many families are forced to deal with injury and its aftermath, and, of course, loss. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    Warmest wishes,

    Terri

  60. ashley barry

    Thank you for supporting our troops. I look forward to reading your book.

    ashleypbarry at gmail dot com

  61. Terri Giuliano Long

    Hello Kel!

    Wonderful, as always, to see you! Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit my blog in support of this tour. I too feel that the price of freedom is enormous – and we owe so much to the men and women who keep us safe.

    Your support means the world to me!

    With warmest wishes,

    Terri

  62. Mara

    Thank you so much for supporting our troops! I am looking forward to reading your book. Thanks so much for the free copy.

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Hi Mara,
      Thank you so very much for visiting my blog in support of the Tour de Troops!! It's an honor to be able to get books to the wonderful men and women who've requested them. I really appreciate your help.

      When you have a minute, please email so I can send a coupon for your free book:
      terri @ tglong DOT com

      Warmest wishes,

      Terri

  63. Donna

    Thank you for showing such support for out troops. My cousin is serving in the Navy right now and I know he feels great when he gets unexpected support. We all need to remember what Memorial day stands for…and it's not picnics LOL
    thanks
    donnasing777@yahoo.com

  64. Terri Giuliano Long

    Dear Elizabeth,

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit in support of this tour. I really appreciate your sharing the information and spreading news of this tour. I am so grateful to you for this – and for all your help and support, my friend!!

    Lots of love,

    Terri

  65. Tammie Barker

    Thanks for supporting our troops! I am looking forward to reading your book.

    mrsthanosthemad AT gmail DOT com

  66. Terri

    My family has a lot of men and women that have been in the service and are now still in the service. I always love to see others giving thanks to them. They do so much for us that we take for granted. Thanks you on behalf of my family member in the service for caring.
    terrilee.byles@yahoo.com

  67. Rachel

    Thank you for participating in the tour and thank you to all the troops and their families. This is my first time to participate. I am looking forward to reading your book. Thanks!

    pefrw@yahoo.com

  68. Mary Arden

    What a wonderful interview with Nina Gilberti…. and such a worthy subject matter!
    I hope everyone sees this film!

    • Terri Giuliano Long

      Thank you so much, Mary! Nina was so gracious to give us this terrific interview. I too hope everyone sees this wonderful – and important – film!

      If you'd like a copy of In Leah's Wake, please send an email and I'll get it right to you: terri@tglong.com

      Thanks so much for visiting. I appreciate your support!

      Warmest wishes,

      Terri

  69. Tammy

    Thank you so much for giving our troops something to smile about! I think we need to learn more in school and at home how important it is to thank those that make it possible for us to have the choices that we have.
    pademe_lee@yahoo.com

  70. MissyKay

    thank you for doing this for our troops. looking forward to reading your book.
    missyebookmail at mediacombb dot net

  71. Nancy Sandler

    Terri, thank you sharing this vital information.

    Nina, thank you for your years of hard work on this very important subject. I can't wait to see the film.

  72. Lara Dunning

    Very appropriate post for this weekend. Nina's responses were compelling, you could hear the truth and soul behind the words. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing the film on the silver screen.

  73. Chris Kanner

    Thanks for taking the time to do this, T and Nina! So easy to forget about the sacrifices that troops (and their families) are making for us every day.

  74. Jennifer Crane

    Thank you for all you and Nina are doing for our troops. I participated in Nina's documentary and she is amazing. I am a vet and on this memorial day I hope society remembers not only our fallen but those who are here trying to make a difference.

  75. Bruce Fortune / Elod

    Nina,

    Remarkable. We will get this message out to our friends and family. The situation with returning home-LESS Vets continues to be one of the greater tragidies in America's military history. We applaud your efforts and are glad to see them helping in 'getting the word out.'

    Bruce and Elodie

  76. Dale Mayer

    Hi and thank you so much for participating in this program. What a great way for all of us to help the troops.

    Dale (bdmayer2002@gmail.com)

  77. Christy Gibbon

    Thank you for doing your part in supporting our troops by giving them a little time in a world far away from the one they are in.
    christygibbon at juno dot com

  78. Amanda

    Thank you for participating in this program and for sharing with us that film. PTSD is a terrible ordeal for our soldiers to suffer through.

    mandaj07 at gmail dot com

  79. Callie

    What a great way to acknowledge and support veterans for Memorial Day. Nina's heart and passion for them are evident in her commitment to the documentary.

  80. Pinky

    Hi,

    Thank you for participating in the "Blog Tour de Troops". I do not have immediate family in the service right now, but my grandfather fought in WWII and my uncles fought in the Vietnam War. I greatly appreciate what you and the other authors are doing for our men and women in service.

    Thank you to the men and women in service for the sacrifices that you, and your families, make each and every day. Thank you for keeping America safe and the things we take for granted each day because of what you do.

    Go USA,
    Pinky
    pink.maiden@yahoo.com

  81. Celia

    Thank you for your generosity and support!

    lucetlady (at) gmail (dot) com

  82. Marce Hall

    Looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for participating and thank you hero soldiers and sailors for serving.
    marce_hall at yahoo dot com

  83. Karen in Breezy Poin

    Thanks for the wonderful event!
    Karen in Breezy Point
    kmartin at uslink dot net

  84. Scarlet Kira

    Thank you so much for supporting the troops and for having Nina tell us about her film.
    Can't wait to read your book.
    scarlet_kira(at)live dot com

  85. Leslie

    Sometimes I don't believe we think about the cost of the freedoms we have or the people to are making sure we have and keep them.
    Leslie
    lesliebandura at verizon dot net

  86. Foretta

    Thanks for supporting our troups! What a great idea. Freedom is definately not "FREE". I am so thankful to those and thier family that serve in out miliary.
    forettarose@yahoo.com

  87. Pat Monaghan

    Nina's project will hopefully open up more eyes and hearts to the problems that these heroes face daily. I wish her well as she tries to finish the film.

  88. Joan

    Terri, thank you so much for supporting those who serve our country!

    Nina, thank you for shining light on the shameful issue of veterans sleeping on our streets! Let's end this tragedy!!!

  89. Gilberto Galvez

    Thanks for supporting the troops. That documentary sounds like something everyone should watch.
    lordreblik(at)gmail(dot)com

  90. Barb A

    Terri, Thanks for supporting our troops. Never knew about Indie authors before Kindle, but I think they are the greatest. If I could write, I would be one. Please send me your book In Leah’s Wake & one for our troops (any soldier).

  91. Jesse Warn

    Nina, you really are helping to touch lives and inspire people. Well done. I can't wait to see the full length version of your film.

    Jesse

  92. Alex

    As a vet and someone who has dealt with homeless vets and vets suffering from PTSD, I want to say thanks to Nina (again) for being the lion that she is.

    BTLODAALTAHYAAS!

  93. Terri Giuliano Long

    How many times can I thank you all? Definitely not as many as I need to. Thank you, thank you, a thousand times thank you. It was an honor to be involved in something this important :-)

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