Today is Veterans Day, which began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the one-year anniversary of the end of World War I. President Eisenhower formally made it Veterans Day in 1954.
HBO airs a new documentary film tonight, Wartorn: 1861-2010, focusing on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among U.S. soldiers as well as soldier suicides from the Civil War up through the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Actor James Gandolfini is the film's executive producer and conducts on-camera interviews. Watch a preview here.
Greg Mitchell has written frequently about the fate of soldiers suffering from PTSD and has an excellent post on The Nation's web site about Wartorn, with links to recent government studies and other media coverage of the issue.
"Today, despite renewed efforts by the military to combat the problem," Mitchell writes, "the tragedy of soldier and veteran suicides has only escalated, with some calling it an epidemic."
Also tonight, local war veteran artists, musicians and writers offer perspectives on their experiences with military service, war and the return to civilian life in A Shared Window, which combines an art exhibition with a concert and reading. Starts at 5 p.m. at Calvary Episcopal Church, 3766 Clifton Ave., Clifton. Details here.