MediaStorm is committed to developing in-depth, quality stories on the most important issues of our time, and perhaps none has touched us as deeply as those of our country’s veterans. In the last ten years, we have developed four films on veterans that explore loss, grief, hope, and the possibility of change.
We believe that storytelling replaces anonymity and silence with empathy and information. Stories of veterans and their families give people insight into both what their lives look like outside of their services; and how service has impacted their lives. We hope that our stories help audiences think critically and compassionately about what it means to send our young men and women to war.
We are so grateful to every veteran who has shared his or her story with us and we hope that telling your stories has been healing and helpful in some way.
We celebrate the innovations of returning vets like Jake Clark, the Founder and Executive Director of Save a Warrior. In 2014, in partnership with Soledad O’Brien and the Starfish Media Group, MediaStorm developed a special report for CNN on the rising incidence of suicide and PTSD among our young veterans, and Jake’s valiant efforts to create safe haven and hope for them.
In Homecoming, we celebrate what Starbucks, one of the country’s leading socially responsible corporations, has done to reintegrate veterans to civilian life. The unemployment rate of veterans is nearly double that of civilians–making it very difficult for our soldiers to come back to their civilian lives. In telling the story of one returning veteran, Major Amy Queensbury, Homecoming explores what can be gained when we provide equal opportunity to service men and women.
A portrait of veterans would be incomplete without stories of loss, grief, and trauma. Marlboro Marine, developed in partnership with the Los Angeles Times’ Luis Sanco, goes behind the frame of one of the most iconic photographs of a soldier in war to show the lasting impacts of war on one young man.
The grief of war is felt acutely among the families who are left behind, both in battle and and at home. One of our first films, Never Coming Home, examines the impacts of that loss on one family New York City.