HACKSAW RIDGE MILITARY RESOURCES

“The Filmakers of Hacksaw Ridge salute and honor the brave men and women who have served and are serving in our
armed forces to protect and defend our great nation."

If you are a veteran in crisis, call the Veteran Affairs Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1. Please find more information at the US Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD or Veterans in Recovery sites.

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  • PTSD Counseling

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    PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring our combat veterans and their families with post-traumatic stress. We bring healing to our military community through pastoral counseling and peer mentoring. We Raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community and Network government agencies, service organizations, churches and private sector businesses into a united “Corps of Compassion”.

    CFC Participant : 29527

    832-912-4429

    Houston, TX

    PTSD Veteran Crisis Line: 1-877-717-PTSD (7873)

    www.PTSDusa.org
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    The Refuge-A Healing Place is the trusted provider of trauma, depression, addiction, anxiety and co-occurring disorder treatment in central Florida. With the area's top treatment experts, a peaceful 94-acre campus and various levels of treatment, we craft unique treatment plans for our clients to start them on the road to recovery. Call us today to find the perfect fit for you or your loved one.

    Ocklawaha, FL

    877-229-3042

    www.therefuge-ahealingplace.com/ptsd-treatment/military-combat
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    TAPS-Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors TAPS is the national organization providing comfort and care to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America. We honor our fallen heroes by caring for their families, providing peer-based emotional support, 24/7 helpline, casualty casework assistance, and grief and trauma care.

    Arlington, VA

    800-959-TAPS (8277)

    www.taps.org
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    Service for Humanity Foundation is a 501c3 Foundation dedicated to serving Military Members, their Families and Veterans of Wars past and present. We fund Supplemental Education and Holistic, credentialed treatment options not offered by traditional providers for “Life Trauma”, PTSD and other critical concerns. Our purpose is to assist others in attaining the knowledge, tools and treatment to create a life of lasting joy and happiness. Our goal is to energize those who have given so much of themselves with hope and healing.

    San Diego, Los Angeles, CA – Nationwide

    619-855-5445/6

    www.lifetraumasolutions.com www.serviceforhumanityfoundation.org
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    American Addiction Centers… Over time, the emotional costs of military service can be high – anxiety, PTSD, flashbacks, hypervigilance, major depression, or survivor’s guilt. The very nature of our military and first responder heroes – to “power through,” to “protect and serve” to “carry the load” – can put them at risk for self-medicating and addiction. American Addiction Centers’ First Responder Lifeline program takes on both addiction and the emotional costs of combat and responder service. The First Responder Lifeline program can be found at five American Addiction Centers’ facilities across the nation: Greenhouse Treatment Center, Dallas, TX, Sunrise House Treatment Center, Sussex County, NJ, Desert Hope Treatment Center, Las Vegas, NV, Recovery First West Palm, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Clinical Services Rhode Island - Greenville/Portsmouth/South Kingstown, RI

    American Addiction Centers’ helpline dedicated to veterans and military personnel is free, confidential, and available 24/7

    888-976-4118

    americanaddictioncenters.org
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    The Recovery Zone Military Programming provides a full continuum of care from outpatient partial hospitalization to acute crisis stabilization or residential treatment. Our philosophy is to provide high quality care and treatment for Service Members struggling with behavioral health issues to include substance use issues, emotional behavioral and cognitive issues, or Post Traumatic Stress symptoms. We provide a safe and structured treatment environment to maximize the opportunity for patients and their families to explore the presence of illness in their lives.

    Colorado Springs, CO

    719-633-4114

    http://www.cedarspringsbhs.com/military-treatment
  • PTSD Counseling Referrals

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    Disabled American Veterans, DAV, is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors. DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs, and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.

    (877) 426-2838

    www.dav.org www.jobs.dav.org www.dav.org/veterans/i-need-a-ride/
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    AMVETS – Our mission is to enhance and safeguard the entitlements for all American Veterans who have served honorably and to improve the quality of life for them, their families, and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services. As one of America’s leading veterans service organizations with over 250,000 members, AMVETS (or American Veterans) has a proud history of assisting veterans and sponsoring numerous programs that serve our country and its citizens. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.

    877-726-8387

    www.amvets.org
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    The Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, of the U.S. is the nation's largest and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With nearly 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in more than 6,600 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service organization is dedicated to helping veterans to receive their earned government benefits, advocating on their behalf before Congress, and through direct military and community service programs.

    (816) 756-3390

    www.vfw.org
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    Traumatic events such as natural disasters, war, terrorism, territorial conflict, violent victimization and sudden unnatural loss have affected individuals in all communities globally. The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) is an international organization dedicated to excellence in services and support to individuals impacted by these and other events.

    864-294-4337

    www.atss.info
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    NMFA is the voice of military families because, for 46 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the “go to” source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families.

    703-931-6632

    www.militaryfamily.org/get-involved/volunteer/
  • Volunteer opportunities

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    Keep the Spirit of 45 Alive - The Spirit of 45’ is an alliance of organizations and individuals that are working together to preserve and honor the legacy of the men and women of America’s WWII generation so that their achievements and values will continue to inspire future generations – especially the youth of our nation. The mission is to promote public awareness and participation in Spirit of 45 Day, an annual national day honoring America’s “Greatest Generation”.

    877-814-1945

    www.spiritof45.org
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    We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), invites hospices, state hospice organizations, Hospice-Veteran Partnerships and VA facilities to join a pioneering program focused on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment. VET to VET Program

    800-646-6460

    www.WeHonorVeterans.org
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    The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) represents community and faith-based homeless service providers. Tonight, approximately 49,000 veterans will sleep in alleys, abandoned buildings and under bridges because they have no home. Yet this year alone, approximately twice that many will experience the ravages of homelessness. As an individual with or without affiliation, you can make a difference in the lives of America’s former guardians. They answered the call to serve our nation in a way few Americans ever will, and they deserve the full measure of our support in their greatest hour of need. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is proud to be a connection point for any veteran in crisis, and anyone interested in learning more about how they can help.

    1.800.VET.HELP

    nchv.org/index.php/getinvolved
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    Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more.

    Toll-Free: 800-342-9647

    www.militaryonesource.mil
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    Veterans Affairs Services - Every year The Salvation Army serves hundreds of thousands of veterans in need. The ministry of The Salvation Army for veterans has grown from serving coffee and doughnuts in World War I to providing various programs of comfort and cheer. Services rendered to the veterans are as unique as the communities they live in. It can range from lending assistance with wheelchairs to get veterans outside for some fresh air to experiencing a weekend at camp. Some are provided phone cards and large print Bibles. From coast to coast, Salvation Army programs recognize the sacrifices our veterans have made for their country. For services in your area, please contact your local Salvation Army by using the location search on this page.

    (252) 338-6780

    www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/veterans-affairs-services
  • Other Military/Veteran Resources

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    VA- Understand PTSD - Have you ever thought that painful memories of that experience were still causing problems for you or a loved one? You may have heard of PTSD—posttraumatic stress disorder—on the news or from friends and family, and wondered what it is, or whether you or someone you know has it. The important thing to remember is that effective treatment is available. You don’t have to live with your symptoms forever.

    800-827-1000

    www.va.org
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    At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

    https://www.garysinisefoundation.org
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    Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.

    office@patriotpaws.org

    972-772-3282

    Dallas, TX area

    www.patriotpaws.org
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    Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund - The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine forces.

    760-725-3680 or 760-207-1588

    www.semperfifund.org
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    USO United Service Organization, Inc. - The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency.

    (888) 484 3876

    www.uso.org
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    The Marine Corps DSTRESS Line provides a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anonymous phone and referral service using a ‘Marine-to-Marine’ approach. The call center is staffed with veteran Marines, Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsmen who were previously attached to the Marine Corps, Marine spouses and other family members, and licensed behavioral health counselors specifically trained in Marine Corps culture. DSTRESS Line’s goal is to help callers improve total fitness and develop the necessary skills required to cope with the widely-varying challenges of life in the Corps.

    1-877-476-7734

    www.usmc-mccs.org/index.cfm/services/support/dstress-line
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    Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

    703-642-5360

    www.purpleheart.org
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    Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.

    (888) 294-8560

    www.fisherhouse.org
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    For Your Marriage… Married Couples And The Challenge Of Military Service. Their patriotism is obvious, but the weight of the separation from loved ones and the uncertainty of the future cannot fail to increase their burden.

    (202) 541-3000

    www.foryourmarriage.org/the-challenge-of-military-service
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    Angels of America’s Fallen Empowering children of our fallen throughout their entire childhood by engaging them in healthy activities including sports, music and arts. We don’t want to lose a single child because their parent gave all.

    www.aoafallen.org/

Endorsements

  • I firmly believed in Desmond Doss and I believe in the Movie "Hacksaw Ridge" It is a most excellent movie about true Love and Brotherhood..!!”

    Sergeant Sammy Davis, US Army

    Medal of Honor Recipient (Vietnam) who knew Desmond Doss.

  • People should see this film because a very small percentage have served and even smaller have been in combat. Anyone who wants to know the real cost of freedom to have the American way of life…this will give you some indication of the sacrifice and service of those who made our country free. This movie will entertain, and educate what the cost of war is like to our service members and their families… the movie was great!”

    J. Marc Burgess,

    Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Adjutant/CEO

  • “Hacksaw Ridge is an inspirational story of truly selfless heroics in intense combat. For those who have never experienced war, the realism in this film gives a small glimpse into the horrific chaos of battle. Hacksaw Ridge is an opportunity to spark a more open conversation and awareness about the assistance some returning service members may need following traumatic experiences, and where they can turn to get it.

    Randy Brown,

    Director of Communications
, National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
Washington, DC

  • “Mel Gibson, one of the best storytellers of his generation, does honor to the memory of Desmond Doss, whom I knew for 35 years. It has become a cliché: "You can't make it up." But the exploits of Desmond Doss, conscientious objector who earned the Medal of Honor on Okinawa, are so astonishing that you couldn't make them up. Yes, it is a violent movie, but war is a violent business, and anyway, "Hacksaw Ridge" is really a love story: the love we all have for each other in the crucible of combat."

    Colonel Jack Jacobs, US Army

    Medal of Honor Recipient (Vietnam) who knew Desmond Doss.

  • Hacksaw Ridge was an excellent movie. It was educational for people in the armed forces as well as the general public. I think it is important to be able to see the affects of war and be considerate of veterans and their PTSD. No matter how large the conflict, veterans are affected with some PTSD. It’s unavoidable. I think this film has an important message, especially for those on the Armed Forces Committee.

    Alfredo Diaz,

    Vice Commander, American Legion, Post 20, Washington D.C.

  • Hacksaw Ridge was a deeply compelling movie. The story of Desmond Doss is humbling to those of us who have served and all who honor them. He embodies moral courage, standing firm for his convictions in the face of tremendous persecution. Yet his story is remembered and remarkable for the tremendous physical courage displayed in the face of one of the most hellish maelstroms of combat. Thank you for the chance to preview this humbling story of heroism!

    Jim Pittman,

    CDR, USN, Navy Command Chaplain

  • Disabled veterans with amputations and real-life traumatic combat situations saw a deeper truth in the story of Doss that they found cathartic. Many had avoided films that portrayed combat environments in the past, but they appreciated how Hacksaw Ridge portrayed post-traumatic stress disorder and showed how it reverberates through generations. Hacksaw Ridge can teach us important values about our national heritage and the war experience.

    Dan Clare,

    Former Marine, National Director of Communications, Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

  • “It is a different kind of movie, Hacksaw Ridge, it shows the many sides of PTSD, both of the father and the son… different perspectives… the action scenes are first rate, very real life looking… the characters depicted in the film had high moral integrity and were people you would look up to. They did a good job of making a movie that shows the many faces of PTSD.

    Dave Riley,

    Quadriplegic, Mobile, Alabama: DAV National Senior Vice Commander

  • “A movie of unshakable courage and commitment to others and oneself. A special look and how ferocious and confusing war can be. An account of one who chose to conserve life, even at the risk of his own. They were sent to defend a country, he was sent to defend their lives."

    Leroy Petry, US Army

    Sergeant 1st Class, Medal of Honor Recipient (Afghanistan).

  • "The special effects in the movie, Hacksaw Ridge are superb and as realistic as possible. It is the most realistic war movie I have seen, and the action parts of Desmond Doss makes one feel as if it is really happening. On a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 10!"

    Hershel "Woody" Williams, USMC

    Medal of Honor Recipient (Iwo Jima WWII) who knew Doss.

  • "Mel Gibson's film, Hacksaw Ridge, is very special and captures Desmond Doss so brilliantly. His story demonstrates better than any other the strength and power of personal conviction. Not a big man, but his strength came from his belief. I respected him before I knew his story. Now I respect him even more. I hope every young person in this country can see Hacksaw Ridge. When they do, they won't be able to help seeing themselves in him and ask, what would I do?"

    Drew Dix, US Army Special Forces

    Medal of Honor Recipient (Vietnam) who knew Doss.

  • "A great movie about a true American Hero! His faith, conviction and courage is a role model for all of us! Knowing the Doss's, my wife Norma and I really enjoyed seeing our friends on the big screen and watching their love story come to life! They were wonderful people who continue to inspire us. Norma was very moved by the battlefield scene when Desmond spoke to God saying "I can't hear you! Where do you want me to go?" He then ran back to the battlefield and saved more lives! We should all listen when God speaks to us! We are telling ALL our friends to go see the movie!"

    Roger Donlon, US Army Special Forces

    Medal of Honor Recipient (Vietnam) who knew Doss.

  • I think it's important for the military community and even more so for the families. We don't share a lot about our life that really should be shared. So anytime they can see something like this and relate that to the family it helps. Mel Gibson did a very artful way of promoting the veterans and the war. I think it promotes a good visual context of how people are in times of war and what it does to not just the veterans, but the country itself. It opens up another way of communicating about the pros and cons of war and how people act in it.

    Preston Harrison,

    National Transportation Center, Army Veteran

  • The military community.. it helps them to better remember what they joined the military for, what they did for their country. More importantly it’s important for the rest of America to see what the people that go into the military and serve their country have to endure. It’s a shame that wars have to happen and men and women have to go and die and experience it. But that is what happens in our world and it’s good that people understand the horrors of it.

    Garry J. Augustine,

    Executive Director DAV Washington Headquarters

  • "You’ve got to see this movie. Mel Gibson brilliantly captured the courage of a warrior and a man of great faith in this story of Desmond Doss.

    - Jeff Struecker,

    Former U.S. Army Ranger, featured in the film Blackhawk Down

  • WWII history buffs will love this movie, but I would recommend this movie to all young adults and especially young Military members. Can a young person really make a difference in this world?  You bet!  Incredibly inspiring!  Today's Military would truly be enriched by young people like Private Doss.  I see this movie provoking many discussions for years to come."

    Elizabeth Schaefer,

    A Military wife, Fort Benning

  • I would definitely encourage veterans to see it. I would tell them be warned it is graphic, it is discomforting at times but it is a great movie that shows Americans at war doing their thing, and shows the convictions that uphold us all and that holding true to them is still a very good thing. I think when any veteran sees a war movie, especially one like Hacksaw Ridge, it can bring out a lot of memories, a lot of emotions and especially for me, you would be willing to share that more with others and it can be a little bit more of a cathartic experience.

    Bryan Nygaard,

    Marine Corps Veteran

  • “Hacksaw Ridge is one of the best WWII movies I've ever seen. It's depiction of Desmond Doss was spot on to the real man. Along with being a great war movie and historically accurate, it is also an inspirational film. This movie shows that when God is on your side, anything is possible.”

    - Ryan Pearse,

    Director, CRU Military Gateway, Fort Benning, CH (CPT), U.S. Army

  • I find this movie an absolute must-see from a perspective that is rarely told: all who watch have the opportunity to experience a powerful spiritual healing, as I did. I saw clarity with my own personal struggles: facing death on a daily basis, in full faith that I am taken care of and can count on receiving the strength to focus on helping one more person out of their struggles. How can we all help one more person today!

    Andrew Blume,

    Former Army Chaplain Assistant

  • The strength to hold true to one’s values and beliefs on and off the field of combat is exemplified in this powerful movie based on a true story.  This well crafted movie is sure to provoke some good productive discussions for those who serve and those who ask them to go to war.

    Robert L. Bray, PhD, TFTdx

    Certified Trauma Specialist

  • It might help young people sense the importance and the veracity of religious faith in America historically, but particularly in the military, providing a first-hand account of the significance of the idea of freedom of conscience. How faith stands to be a catalyst for good when it is allowed to provide meaning for the lives of those who serve, and honor for those who have served. People have been willing to fight for religious liberty as a treasure which allows us to have the ultimate meaning and purpose in our lives as human beings.

     

    Evan Spencer

    VA Chaplain Hampton, Virginia, VA Hospital

  • Hacksaw Ridge is a movie you will never forget. It will challenge, inform, and make you think. Because I personally knew Desmond, I am acutely aware of how accurate the movie depicts him. Gibson stayed on the mark. It is magnificently and thoughtfully done. Desmond Doss and his unyielding commitment to saving lives shines like a beacon in the darkness. The saga is not just a movie, it is a movement to help people realize what combat is like, and what military personnel face. It is also intended to raise awareness and hope for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to encourage those who struggle with PTSD to get help on many levels.

     

    Dick Stenbakken, Ed. D.

    Chaplain (Colonel) U. S. Army, Retired