Segments in this Video

Shelter: Introduction (04:12)


Soldiers take the oath to join the Marine Corps. At the veteran's resource center in Santa Rosa, Matt Jenson enrolls Roger Schultz into the housing program. The organization began in the 1970s to provide returning Vietnam Veterans with resources and a safe location to share their experiences. (Credits)

Mental Health (04:58)

Jason Henry describes how the military removes all individualism during base camp; when veterans leave service there is no training on how to live without its structured environment guidelines. David Morris confesses he suffers from PTSD and depression because of serving during the Vietnam War.

Sharing Experiences (04:33)

Morris explains how soldiers need to detach from their rational human response. Veterans discuss their experiences during the war and attending the Veteran's Resource Center (VRC). Don Mackbee is filing for an extension to stay in the program over the holidays.

VRC's Program (05:36)

The program is a 30 bed transitional program, providing help obtaining benefits, education, and employment opportunities. After Schultz began a medical regiment, he calmed down and started socializing with the other veterans. Michael Gravel and his ex-wife lived in a car.

Being Homeless (05:56)

Marc Deal and Jason Henry describe difficult cases where the participant did not want to change and reverted back to drugs and/or alcohol. Heather Stride discusses substance abuse, homelessness, and living in a tent. Kendra Cooley states women are more difficult to place in a program.

Personal Sacrifices (03:00)

Aaron Tomforde worked as a diver performing submarine rescues during his military career and suffers from an unspecified mental illness. Because the government assisted housing will not accept dogs, he lives in a truck.

Graduating VRC (04:12)

Veterans want to isolate from society, their families, and each other. Dennis Miller graduates from the program; the other participants congratulate and share their emotions.

Women in the Military (06:39)

The military told Jenny Osbourn she was overweight; she has suffered from anorexia since. Kendra Cooley describes how military supervisors ignore sexual trauma. Morris and Jack Ballengee Morris perform a song about a nurse.

Suicide Rates (03:27)

Sitting by the ocean helps Osbourn remember that life includes good times and bad times. A veteran commits suicide every 61 minutes in the United States. Deal's case managers have averted at least 24 suicide attempts in the last month; Henry discusses their successful outcomes.

Making Improvements (03:00)

Stride started receiving unemployment, paid off her debts, and qualified for government assisted housing. Cooley helped her find leads but for the time being, she still lives in a tent.

Vets, War, and Homelessness (03:38)

Peter Cameron wants no more wars. Approximately 1.4 million veterans are at risk for homelessness due to lack of resources, support networks, living conditions, and poverty. Learn how graduates of the VRC live today.

Credits: Shelter (00:33)

Credits: Shelter

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Two-time Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple intimately documents the on-the-ground work of the veteran-founded community-based service organization, Veterans Resource Center, in Northern California. Sharing the struggles of those they seek to pull out of a life lived on the streets, Shelter tells a story of vets saving vets, delving into the psychological trauma created by military service, the effects that remain long after active duty, and the difficult road back to a normal life for these women and men.

Length: 50 minutes

Item#: BVL142872

ISBN: 978-1-64198-199-6

Copyright date: ©2015

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