Screenplay: SATIN FIST

I’m attempting to attach a downloadable PDF file of a screenplay.  It’s based on PTSD, DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), and revenge.

It’s called Satin Fist, which is a play on the old Iron Fist type films.  Please feel free to download it and feedback’s welcome.  We hope someday to produce it locally or in Hollywood.  It’s a second draft, so it’s a bit rough around the edges.martial art movie

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Good Video of Fallujah Combat

I pulled this video off of youtube.com

It contains graphic language and gunfights.  The reason I post this is to show readers what combat looks like in modern times.  It’s not neat and often confusing.   Some of the artists that help us survived this battle.  I’ve not met anyone who wasn’t changed by their experience there.

 

Putting Together a Writer and A Hero: Not that easy

I am working on putting together a writer (a veteran himself) and Benny Alicea (retired, Silver Star awardee).  All this time, I figured it would be easy once I found a writer.  I’m a bit naive and admit that.  Everyone, besides myself has quite a bit on their plate.

I do hope this come to fruition and we can create a worthy book about this veteran’s wartime (Fallujah and Najaf) experiences, and readjustment issues when he came home to a different world.

Here’s a link to Sgt. Alicea’s story.  He’s a close personal friend of the foundation and a poet.

http://northshorejournal.org/heroes-sgt-benny-alicea

Vets Killing Themselves

I’m not going to go over the stats, the news stories, the army’s stance, etc.   Those are already covered enough in the media and blogging world.  My best friend who survived Fallujah, Najaf, and other major campaigns, a silver star recipient, has known three people who’ve committed the act.  By way of gun and car crash.  As of this post, no one I know has killed themselves, unfortunately I don’t think that will hold.

I personally suffer from major depression, permanently brought on by wartime experience.  (50% disability for that alone)  I’ve struggled with it since I was 18, (which I found amazing the VA awarded me the disability, I was honest with them) caused by repeated blows to my head during a terrible fist fight.  I haven’t been the same.  Suicide’s always a way out I guess, but it’s the end all.  Final.  I’m fairly certain that it won’t ever be a serious thought in my head.

This ‘epidemic’ has just begun.  As the war(s) close down and soldiers filter back into the U.S. and society in general, there will be more self bloodshed.  56,000 vets died in Vietnam, during the conflict.  I’ve heard more than double that killed themselves in the ensuing years.  Those statistics will probably carry over into our conflict.

The VA, Army, and other groups have programs in place, but there’s more to be done.  Our foundation will help to alleviate some of the issues, including mine.  The most important roadblock is the stigma attached to admitting you’ve got a problem.  This is so strong it will prevent even the most self sufficient vet into backpedaling away from help.  I was basically told I was “weak” by a close army friend the other weekend, because I had issues, or at least admitted them.  It stung, but it wasn’t enough.  It’s too late, I’m seeking help.  Somehow that issue needs to be overcome and rectified, once that happens, healing can begin.

Three Vets

Benny Alicea, Mike Hawley, and Pat Montes (left to right)

Benny Alicea, Mike Hawley, and Pat Montes (left to right)

Pictured above is myself (Mike Hawley) and the two best friends I hold dearest.  All of us are combat vets to varying degrees.  20 pounds ago, I didn’t fit into my old uniform-hence the suit.

Pat Montes (staff sergeant) is pictured to the right.  This was taken on his wedding day.  We were walking out to take pictures with his family and future bride.  The wedding was held at the Saybrook Point Inn, in Old Saybrook, CT.  Pat’s a veteran of two combat tours – Iraq and Afghanistan.  I’ve known him for 17 years.  He’s soon becoming an officer in the CT National Guard.

I’m in the center.  I’m the co-founder of the company.  I wouldn’t have gotten this far had it not been for these two.  They helped me realize I had some issues that needed dealing with.

Benny (left) and I met in basic training.  He and I hit it off.  It turns out he was stationed mere feet away from Pat Montes in Baghdad.  He fought alongside the marines in Fallujah and eanred a silver star for bravery.  Along with this prestigious medal, he has at least two purple hearts and other valorious medals.

I wanted to get some visuals up on this blog.  It’s pretty bare right now.  Also, I wanted to insert some humanity into issues of war.  Benny and I are possibly developing some martial arts skills for professionals.  He is also looking for someone to help collarborate on his memoirs.  If there’s anyone who needs to write his experiences down, It’s Benny Alicea.  If anyone can help, please let me know.