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aka I WAS THERE Films

New York, NY


Our mission is to help veterans coping with posttraumatic stress reduce social isolation and strengthen family, community, and professional bonds. We accomplish this mission through intensive filmmaking workshops enabling participants to collaborate with peers to process their service experiences. We also incorporate screening events that validate veterans’ experiences, advance community dialogue, and educate the public about the mental health challenges facing veterans and military families.

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Founder and President

Benjamin Patton

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349 5th Avenue

New York, NY 10016 USA


Narrative Therapy through Digital Media for Veterans





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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To help military servicemembers, veterans and their families cope with Post Traumatic Stress through narrative filmmaking.

Patton Veterans Project's approach is threefold:

Listen. Everyone's story is important and deserves to be heard. Listening with an emphatic ear and an open hear is central to our approach.
Collaborate. Filmmaking is an inherently collaborative process. Our workshops encourage openness, creative expression, and collaboration with others who have had similar experiences.
Empower. Articulating and sharing one's story can be both validating and empowering. Our role as instructors is to foster the creative process in a compassionate environment that helps veterans successfully deal with their wounds of war.

Patton Veterans Project offers I WAS THERE Filmmaking workshops at military bases and community centers around the country. At the workshops our experienced film instructors work closely with veterans to facilitate their storytelling process and reclaim their personal narratives. We have helped almost 500 veterans to date, giving them a critical start in managing their post traumatic stress.

Patton Veterans Project conducts surveys immediately before, after and 30-60 days after each workshop. The surveys contain standard questions from the VA's PTSD Checklist for the Military. The results are disseminated by research psychologists at Columbia University. Survey results to date indicate that participants are experiencing an average 20% reduction in PTS symptoms over the course of the workshop. 30-60 day surveys indicate these reductions are largely sustained.

Patton Veterans Project has reached almost 500 veterans to date, and survey results continue to show the strong 20% improvement in PTS for participants.

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