An Army reservist from Pueblo is hoping veterans can join him for a movie about war and recovery.
Lt. Col. Matthew Goodwin, a psychiatrist, is hosting a screening of "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, and afterward he plans to hold a discussion about the movie and his connection to it.
"It's important to talk," said Goodwin, who was serving on a behavioral health team in Afghanistan last year when Sgt. Travis Mills, a soldier in the 82nd Airborne Division, was severely wounded by a roadside bomb.
Mills' work to regain his life after losing parts of two arms and both legs is the focus of the movie, which is being screened at Pueblo's Cinemark Tinseltown.
After the movie, Goodwin wants to talk about the other wounds.
While others treated Mills for his wounds, Goodwin went to work on his buddies. As a member of the Army's quick-response mental health force, Goodwin and other professionals are sent in to help troops deal with battlefield tragedy.
"I just saw the aftermath," Goodwin said. In that aftermath, Goodwin saw soldiers struggle with loss, fear and post-traumatic stress.
And he's worried that many of the troops who've experienced that kind of trauma come home with few people to talk to and few places to turn.
That's why he's bringing the movie to town - to bring veterans together and give them a way to talk through their experiences.
Tickets to the movie are $11 and can be obtained on the Internet at www.tugg.com/events/5891.
When he's not called up for Army duty, Goodwin treats patients at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo. He has served as a psychiatrist in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He's hoping that the film will bring together a group of veterans who can form a bond and keep meeting to help each other through the challenges they've found at home.
“Travis: A Soldier’s Story”
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13
Where: Cinemark Tinseltown in Pueblo
Tickets: $11 at www.tugg.com/events/5891