UNITED WAR VETERANS COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH MUSIC DRAMA MODERN WARRIOR TO DEEPEN UNDERSTANDING OF TRANSITIONING VETERANS

June 23rd, 2017 by

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 19, 2017 To help raise awareness of PTS, Post-Traumatic Growth, and to build a civilian culture of understanding, the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), producer of the New York City Veterans Day Parade, has formed a partnership with the creators of music drama Modern Warrior, UWVC President Dan McSweeney announced today.

“We are honored to partner with Modern Warrior to help bring awareness to PTS while at the same time, recognizing the potential for growth in adversity,” said McSweeney. “This project is an ideal vehicle for educating the public about life in the military in an engaging way and shines a light on the hurdles facing veterans upon returning from service and transitioning to civilian life.”

Currently in the production and development phase, Modern Warrior is an autobiographical music drama of a soldier’s life in the military and transition home. Modern Warrior seeks to build bridges between veteran and civilian communities through live performances, collaborative workshops and panel discussions, in order to inform, entertain and inspire, while de-stigmatizing our veterans.

Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling (co-creator of Modern Warrior) says, “By focusing on the relatable human experiences, we are able to build and strengthen commonalities between the civilian and veteran communities. This gives us a common starting point as we work to combat social implications of the PTS stigma, encourage communication between veterans and their loved ones and explore pathways to Post-Traumatic Growth.”

 Narrated by Poling – who spent 36 months in Afghanistan as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division – with a musical score composed by trumpeter and co-creator Dominick Farinacci —- who served as the first Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center under Wynton Marsalis — ModernWarrior creates an accessible platform for civilians to gain a deeper understanding of veterans, while providing an introspective journey for veterans themselves.

Farinacci says, “Music is an expression of the human condition and has always been that common ground between communities. Bringing together a powerful story through the lens of music, we want to help develop a better informed and empathetic community, nurturing a deeper culture of support.”

Once the full on-stage production is complete, the creators plan to establishModern Warrior residencies nationally at performing arts centers, schools, festivals, military bases (national and international), VFWs, and health centers, etc.; and are partnering with local and national veteran organizations, psychologists and arts and wellness programs to help provide concrete avenues of assistance for those in need.

As part of UWVC’s partnership with Modern Warrior, plans are in development to schedule a performance and a panel discussion to take place in New York City during Veterans Week. For further details visitwww.modernwarriorlive.com or connect on Facebook at http://bit.ly/ModernWarriorLive; and to learn more about the United War Veterans Council, visit www.uwvc.org. A trailer for Modern Warrior can be viewed at http://www.modernwarriorlive.com/modernwarrior-preview.

 

United War Veterans Council Launches VetTank Incubator To Assist Veteran-Owned Businesses and Support Groups

June 22nd, 2017 by

NEW YORK, NY June 27, 2017 – To help pave the way for a new wave of veteran entrepreneurs, the United War Veterans Council (UWVC) today launched VetTank, a free resource for veterans. This is incubator and co-working space to provide assistance and foster collaboration for new veteran-owned businesses and not-for-profit groups who provide support to veterans and their families.

VetTank, at 171 Madison Avenue at 33rd Street, is in space donated by Newmark Holdings Chairman Jeffrey Gural.

“It is an honor to provide this space so that those who served our nation can continue to serve by creating new enterprises which will employ or otherwise serve their brother and sister veterans,” said Mr. Gural.

“Thanks to Newmark Holdings Chairman Jeffrey Gural, we have created a space – VetTank – an integrated center for innovation and collaboration,” said UWVC President Dan McSweeney. “VetTank is a hub for veterans who are serious about building upon their legacy of service, natural teamwork skills, and proven leadership abilities.”

VetTank provides:

  • Business and non-profit incubation services and mentorship;
  • A resource and referral center staffed by a certified Veteran Service Officer;
  • Networking and co-working space;
  • An ongoing seminar series on diverse topics of interest to veterans, families, and supporters;
  • Regular social gatherings to promote camaraderie and community.

Supporting VetTank are Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, U.S. Army (ret.), Commissioner of the New York City Department of Veterans Services; Adam Swantz, Assistant Director, New York Regional Office, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Ken Williams, Director of the New York State Division of Service-Disabled Veteran Business Development.

Capalino & Company, a well-known government relations firm, will help veteran-owned businesses secure New York State and New York City contracts.

Veterans are an important community resource. They serve as role models and connectors in American society. In New York, their value is exponentially greater due to the critical mass of the 230,000 veterans who live throughout the city and their access to world-class public and private entities.

With the proper support and guidance, these talented men and women will emerge as committed thought leaders and problem-solvers across all sectors, both locally and throughout the United States.

Please visit www.uwvc.org for more information or contact us at (212) 693-1476 to arrange a visit.

Basecamp: Veterans Day USA

June 7th, 2017 by
Episode Excerpt: “We have seen the growth of the parade reflect the growth of the community and the engagement of the community a show of strength and the dynamic nature of the community… everyone can put up a website, but not everyone can get thousands or tens of thousands to come out in the street in support of them.”   – Ryan Hegg
Air Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Host: UWVC President Dan McSweeney

Basecamp Guests:

-Stephanie Stone, Chief Deputy Director, County of Los Angeles Military & Veterans Affairs

-Steve Phillabaum, Treasurer, Philadelphia Veterans Parade

-Ryan Hegg, Advocacy, UWVC

-Jeff Swansen, Operations, UWVC

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Mr. Kiss – How Will Your Film Not Sensationalize Veterans?

June 7th, 2017 by

By Javier Castro


Mr. Kiss, a short film by director Afonso Henrique, is a drama about a military veteran with PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress) who’s out for vengeance on a corrupt politician who passed a healthcare bill that destroyed his family. The 30 minute film addresses mental health, substance abuse and homelessness within the veteran community, issues that Afonso says is usually not looked into by the government or society at large. And like most veterans, Afonso, a Navy vet, took it upon himself to ‘get it done’ and bring awareness.

When asked how this film is different than most Hollywood sensationalized vet culture films, Afonso responded “you do it in a way that you go right for the problem, right for the jugular.”

He continued “The US has a problem, we focus on everyone else that we forget about vets. The regimented military lifestyle sets up veterans for failure when they come back to the civilian life.”

His cast, compromised of mostly veterans, also spoke about how veterans issues and how many buddies have been affected by the marginalization and lack of awareness. “Veterans get use to free commodities; housing, food, healthcare, then it’s gone. How is that sustainable?” exclaimed a cast member.

Suicide, prison rates, and lack of healthcare were also themes discussed as the conversation got more specific.

What was certain among all the despair, was that veterans are leading the fight to counterculture the negative stigmas of ‘wounded’ vets. Follow Afonso.J.Henrique on Instagram to get more updates on the film’s progress.

Mr. Kiss – A New Film by a Navy Vet About Love & Vengeance Coming to You Soon

June 4th, 2017 by

Mr. Kiss

By Javier Castro


Mr. Kiss, a short film by director Afonso Henrique, is a drama about a military veteran with PTS (Post-Traumatic Stress) who’s out for vengeance on a corrupt politician who passed a healthcare bill that destroyed his family. The 30 minute film addresses mental health, substance abuse and homelessness within the veteran community, issues that Afonso says is usually not looked into by the government or society at large. And like most veterans, Afonso, a Navy vet, took it upon himself to ‘get it done’ and bring awareness.

When asked how this film is different than most Hollywood sensationalized vet culture films, Afonso responded “you do it in a way that you go right for the problem, right for the jugular.”

He continued “The US has a problem, we focus on everyone else that we forget about vets. The regimented military lifestyle sets up veterans for failure when they come back to the civilian life.”

His cast, compromised of mostly veterans, also spoke about how veterans issues and how many buddies have been affected by the marginalization and lack of awareness. “Veterans get use to free commodities; housing, food, healthcare, then it’s gone. How is that sustainable?” exclaimed a cast member.

Suicide, prison rates, and lack of healthcare were also themes discussed as the conversation got more specific.

What was certain among all the despair, was that veterans are leading the fight to counterculture the negative stigmas of ‘wounded’ vets.