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On behalf of Vietnam Veterans of America, I want to thank everyone involved in the creation and production of the extraordinary [film] that you will be watching this evening.  Through the efforts of a very talented group of people, the impact of a personality disorder discharge now becomes “real” for all Americans and not just for those individual military personnel and veterans suffering from a “pd discharge”.

Thomas J. Berger, Ph.D. Executive Director, Veterans Health Council, Vietnam Veterans of America

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Reynolds is the first film to confront both the Illegal Personality Discharge Crisis and homelessness among Iraq/Afghanistan veterans.

Reynolds depicts a day in the life of Marine Staff Sergeant James Reynolds, a homeless veteran in Santa Monica, California who is trying to overcome his illegal diagnosis of personality disorder and reintegrate himself back into civilian society. In the film, Staff Sergeant Reynolds is one of the more than 30,000 veterans who were discharged on the basis of personality disorder since 2001, many illegally.

Reynolds is a collaboration between several young filmmakers, actors, and artists who have watched the men and women of their generation go to war, then return, only to join the ranks of the homeless, some with lingering and misdiagnosed injuries. Reynolds was inspired both by the plight of homeless veterans in Los Angeles, and the advocacy work of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Some veterans who received illegal personality disorder discharges, in reality, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, their incorrect Department of Defense diagnosis of personality disorder deprives them of the benefits they need for proper treatment. By using the power of cinema, Reynolds dramatizes a policy problem that affects over 30,000 veterans, some of whom are wounded, misdiagnosed and looking for answers.

The cast and crew of Reynolds are a team of talented industry professionals, most of whom live in Los Angeles. The film was directed by Jacob McCafferty; written by Cutty Cuthbert and photographed/edited by Alex Anderson. Jacob, Cutty, and Alex were joined by an extremely strong cast of actors, including: PJ Brown (The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire), Sam Daly (Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, Red Tails), Justin Park and Jennifer Schoch. Claire Wadsworth composed the original song “Call My Name” for the film. Reynolds was associate produced by Dana Freedman and Jace Sparks. Mike Padgett was the IT advisor on the film. Additionally, Jonathan Beaudette served as sound editor, and Keith G. Little as Production Sound Technician.

 

 

Additional Resources on the Personality Disorder Discharge Crisis

Vietnam Veterans of America's White Paper: "Casting Troops Aside: The United States Military's Illegal Personality Discharge Problem"

Office of Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN)'s Press Release on the Servicemembers Mental Health Review Act of 2013

Vietnam Veteran of America's Resources on Personality Disorder, Including Documents Obtained via Freedom of Information Act Request

"Branding a Solider with 'Personality Order'"New York Times, February 24, 2012

"'Personality Disorder,' a Disputed Diagnosis'"New York Times At War Blog, February 24, 2012

"Department of Defense Illegally Discharged Veterans for Having Personality Disorder, Yale Group Finds," New Haven Register, March 22, 2012

How Specialist Town Lost His Benefits, The Nation, April 9, 2007 via www.joshuakors.com

"Specialist Town Takes His Case to Washington," The Nation, October 15, 2007 via www.joshuakors.com

"Disposable Soldiers," The Nation, April 26, 2010 via www.joshuakors.com

"Rape Victims say Military Labels Them 'Crazy''' CNN, April 14, 2012

"Additional Efforts Needed to Ensure Compliance with Personality Disorder Separation Requirements", United States Government Accountability Office, October 31, 2008

"Status of Efforts to Address Lack of Compliance with Personality Disorder Separation Requirements," United States Government Accountability Office, September 15, 2010

Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic Press Release on Personality Disorder Freedom of Information Act Litigation

Congressional Hearing: "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Personality Disorders: Challenges for the US Department of Veterans Affairs," Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States House of Representatives, July 25, 2007

Congressional Hearing: "Personality Disorder Discharges: Impact on Veterans Benefits," Committee on Veterans' Affairs, United States House of Representatives, September 15, 2010

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

The Wounded Warrior Project