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Friday, June 10, 2016
Powerful Documentary on PTSD From Soldier's Son
After War a son's documentary on how PTSD touches the whole family. Before you go to the link, get tissues for this powerful video done by a teenager.
Colorado Teen Documents Dad's PTSD, Family's Pain, In 'After War'
BY MICHELLE P. FULCHERJUN 10, 2016
As a little boy, Bailey Francisco remembers having an “awesome” dad. But when Bailey was 6, his father, Michael, went to war. When Michael Francisco returned to the family home outside Colorado Springs he had a traumatic brain injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He was erratic, angry and violent.
Once, Michael took Bailey to a Denver amusement park and drove home drunk with the boy in the backseat of the car. Another time, when the two had a fight, Michael grabbed his son and pointed a knife at his throat.
Bailey Francisco recounts those stories in a documentary he produced while he was in high school. It's called "After War."
His father, "went from a stud, like, athlete -- funny, just awesome dad -- to barely human,” Francisco says.
Bailey Francisco produced "After War," a documentary that chronicles his father's struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its impact on their family.
In the film Francisco asks his father how PTSD changed him: “You’re not who used to be,” Michael Francisco says, speaking about himself. “And (it’s) just dealing with that fact.”