Date of Award

8-2015

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Motyl, H. D.

Second Advisor

Lewison, Sarah

Third Advisor

Needham, Jay

Abstract

My interests in the way that the citizens and media of the United States views war and the veterans returning from war fostered the development of my thesis film, Please Hold. The film is the story of Jacob, a combat veteran of the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq who is being severely affected by his Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and is finding it difficult to get the help he needs in addressing it. This paper examines the history and reasons that PTSD has become a serious issue in the United States' veteran community, my own experiences as a war veteran, and contextualizes the need for films like my thesis project in understanding a veterans experience.

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