Film chronicles Fort Riley soldiers' struggles upon return from combat

Michael Ronnebaum
October 25, 2017 - 6:39 am

A movie opening in theaters Friday tells the story of soldiers from Fort Riley, Kansas and their struggle to adjust to life stateside.

"Thank You for your Service" stars Miles Teller and showcases veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The lead character and others have trouble navigating through the bureaucracy of the Veterans Administration to get help.

Fort Riley offers 11 programs that are aimed at helping soldiers adapt to life after combat.

"We have our family advocacy program, which provides intervention and treatment for family violence," said Steve Elstron, Ft. Riley spokesman. "We have an Army substance and abuse program and we have the suicide prevention program."

The nonprofit Veteran's Community Project at 8900 Troost Ave. in Kansas City provides services to veterans to help them find answers for everything from PTSD to housing, said supervisor Matthew Burasco/

"Since we've been open we've had over 3,000 guys walk in," Burasco said. "We're just helping them any way we possibly can."

The Department of Veterans Affairs has also set up a veteran military crisis hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

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