Mental Health for Veterans & 1st Responders

OUR PURPOSE

We're producing a movie to bring awareness to mental health support among the Military, Veteran and Public Service communities. We want to encourage members of these communities that it's ok to ask for help, you don't have to "suck it up", and you're not alone.
http://dismissedmovie.com/

THE STORYLINE

The tragic loss of his father inspired Kent West to join the Army, while the gravity of his deteriorating circumstance motivate him to do it quickly. There he found purpose in his life and finds  love. 

The story follows Kent, and his comrades, as they grow closer together through the rigors of Military Training and serving during the tragic attack of 9/11. Kent struggles with being medically discharged from military service while we parallel with his Unit who is deployed to Afghanistan. 

Kent finds the courage to seek treatment years later, after a horrific car crash triggers the emotional trauma of a fatal helicopter accident, that happened during a training exercise. He struggles with, and ultimately discovers ways to manage feelings of separation and PTSD, as a Soldier adjusting to civilian world.

Realizing that not all wars take place on the battlefield.

MISSION

Our goal is to produce a motion picture that will bring awareness to mental health support among the Military, Veteran and Public Service communities. We want to encourage members of these communities that it's ok to ask for help, and that they are not alone. But at the same time our picture will be fun, uplifting, and an emotional journey full of memorable moments. 

DISMISSED is a movie for all and will educate those not aware of Adjustment Disorder and PTSD. 

THE STORY THAT INSPIRED THE MOVIE

Specialist Joseph Manns (Joe Manns) US Army, OCT 1998 - Aug 2002 was inspired to create this film based on a need he recognized in the Military, Veteran and Public Service communities - the need to normalize asking for help and to bring awareness to the general public that not all wars happen on the battlefield.

Military training, not just combat, sometimes comes at a cost. That cost may be injuries, loss of friends during training accidents, real-world traumatic events that occur during training, and feelings of anxiety or depression from military separation.

Manns says that he commonly recognized that his "battle buddies" don't see one another as combat veterans or non-combat veterans. In his experience he often felt like his service was "dismissed" by non-veterans when he didn't have a war story to tell.

Already struggling with separation disorder, and guilt of not deploying with his unit because of a medical discharge, he felt undeserving of treatment services offered by the VA. "I don't want to clog up the system for people who need it and deserve it more than me", he said.

Manns' hope is that this film will be the vessel that will deliver the message to neutralize the stigma that anyone is undeserving of mental health services. 

SUPPORTING THE FILM

Principle production for this feature film will begin the summer of 2021 in Florida's Tampa Bay area. Aside from crowd-funding, we are offering up to four sponsorship opportunities  for the film, that include product placement, production credits, set tours during shooting, exclusive access to VIP screenings, and more.
  • Shila Morris 
    • $200 
    • 23 d
  • Kimberly Keith 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Michael Kelly 
    • $25 
    • 6 mos
  • Joseph Camerieri 
    • $225 
    • 8 mos
  • Brian and Lisa Edwards 
    • $50 
    • 10 mos
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Organizer

Joseph Manns 
Organizer
Clearwater, FL