Title: The War Comes Home
Network: CNN
Length: 43 Minutes
Production Date: August, 2014

 

Program SYNOPSIS

Delon Beckett and Garrett Combs came home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ready to resume the lives of promise they had left behind.  For both veterans, within months of coming home, their relationships were crumbling, their children were frightened of their rages, and suicide became a choice they both thought could be a solution for their anguish.  Then, a new program that treats post traumatic stress gave them hope.  Produced by Starfish Media Group in association with MediaStorm, THE WAR COMES HOME, follows the journeys of these two young men who came home from war, and their personal battles to recover from the effects of the wars that came home with them.

These two men are not alone.  One in five veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffers from post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, or severe depression, according to a Rand Corporation Study.  Post traumatic stress is a significant predictor of suicide among all vets.  Almost 8,000 veterans commit suicide each year, and 22 veterans take their own lives each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Beckett and Combs are invited to join the tenth group of veterans at an innovative therapy program based in Malibu, CA, called Save a Warrior (www.saveawarrior.org).  Founded and led by veteran Jake Clark for veterans suffering with post traumatic stress, the intensive five-day program includes equine therapy, training in transcendental meditation, and physically and emotionally demanding trust exercises.

Along with the other members of their cohort, Beckett and Combs begin to be powerfully transformed as they write down and discuss the pre-combat  experiences that have haunted them.  They also begin to rely on each other during grueling sessions that test their physical and emotional limits.

Combs seeks out a therapist during the program and confesses, for the very first time to anyone, that he has been hiding serious suicidal thoughts.  Beckett begins to understand how the poverty, neglect, divorce, and alcoholism in his childhood background has exacerbated his post traumatic stress and contributed to his own alcohol dependency and marital difficulties.

Two months following their Save a Warrior course, both men appear remarkably changed as they describe the progress they have made.  Though only more time will reveal the program’s success for these two warriors, Combs speaks optimistically about pursuing his career dreams and becoming a better father; Beckett talks about reconnecting with his children and pours the alcohol down the drain that he had grown dependent upon to medicate his pain.


Main Characters

Garrett Combs

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Delon Beckett

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Jake Holmes

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