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THE HOME FRONT

Our Vets' Never-ending War Within

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Impact areas

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

WOMEN & GIRLS

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Patrick Lindsay

  • PRODUCER Patrick Lindsay

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

THE HOME FRONT explores the plight of Australia's modern war veterans, taking viewers on a journey of discovery into a world all too often filled with darkness, depression, PTSD, homelessness and suicide.

The film will allow our vets to tell their own stories (anonymously where necessary). They will be supplemented by the stories of their families and loved ones. And their problems will be examined by experts and illustrated with real examples.

Our modern veterans are tragically over-represented in our homeless and in our suicides. One in every 20 of Australia’s homeless are veterans.
Ex-servicemen under 30 have a suicide rate more than twice that of the national average.

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31.25% funded
  • $320,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $100,000.00

    FUNDS RAISED
  • 31st August 2020

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Robert Keldoulis $50,000.00
Bill Manos $50,000.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The plight of our modern war veterans in transitioning from military to civilian life and the obstacles and barriers affecting their health, lives and futures and those of their families.

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

A co-ordinated national outreach program to educate Australians on the reality of the lives of our veterans, showcasing the inspiring successes and sensitively portraying the battles that continue long after veterans leave service. It will be aimed at veterans, their friends and families, ex-service organisations, bureaucracies, health service providers, corporate and political decision makers, schools, government agencies and communities.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

To foster an increased awareness of veterans' problems, to reassure them they are not alone in facing their difficulties and to provoke action from politicians and bureaucracies to focus on solutions to the problems and to highlight the changes to services and programs needed to achieve this.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We have developed and continue to seek partnerships with ex-service organisations, veterans' associations, ADF, RSL and services clubs, associated government agencies and thought leaders in the field of veterans' issues. They are assisting with our baseline research, guiding us to potential talent and will open avenues for outreach when the project has been completed.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

We aim to inspire viewers to act by welcoming veterans into their communities, by prodding decision-makers into serious consideration and remedial action to alleviate issues and by ensuring their families, friends and communities are informed about the issues.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will claim success when we see a substantially elevated level of awareness of the true plight of our veterans that leads to concrete actions by authorities to increase funding and access to programs that will improve veterans' lives and futures.

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