Disabled veterans film to premiere at convention

American Legion family members attending the 97th National Convention in Baltimore will have an opportunity to view a screening of a new documentary film that chronicles the way society has regarded disabled veterans throughout history and illustrates the hardships and successes of disabled veterans.

Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns, "Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History" features images and archival footage from the Revolutionary War to today's conflicts in the Middle East, as well as personal stories from disabled veterans. Among those telling their stories include Iraq war double amputee veteran and retired Army Col. Gregory Gadson; Iraq War veteran and motivational speaker J.R. Martinez; and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.).

"The goal of this film is to try to understand the realities and challenges that disabled veterans have faced throughout history and continue to face today," Burns said. "There is a real necessity to bridge the gap between civilians and those have served in the military. It is our hope that the film will encourage a candid discussion in communities across the country, and create understanding and awarenes of the sacrifices involved in military service."

The private screening of "Debt of Honor" will be Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Baltimore Convention Center, Room 310, Level 300. Admission is free.

PBS will premiere the film nationwide on Nov. 10 at 9 p.m. as part of its Stories of Service.