The story of injured veterans and their romantic partners who have won the battle for love

Over 600,000 men and women who have served our country since 9/11 are living with post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury. Thousands of others have sustained catastrophic physical disabilities.

All of them still deserve love.

People who return from deployment with a serious mental or physical disability experience more marital stress and divorce than their non-disabled peers.

Furthermore, failed intimate relationships contribute significantly to suicide, intimate partner violence, child abuse, substance abuse, and homelessness.

But it doesn't have to be that way. 

LOVE AFTER WAR: Saving Love, Saving Lives is a moving 57 minute documentary that introduces viewers to injured and wounded veterans and their partners who candidly share how they won the battle to restore emotional closeness and physical intimacy after surviving catastrophic combat-related injuries. The inspiring film also features insights from experts in the field of sexuality and disability.

Love After War:

  • Shows real life examples of disabled veterans reclaiming healthy, fulfilling relationships despite their injuries. 
  • Provides a voice bringing a vital issue into the national conversation. 
  • Serves as an educational tool for the medical providers whom our veterans rely on for their care. 
  • Will be the nucleus of a community and a portal to resources for those in need of help.  

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Meet the Filmmaker

Dr Tepper in manual wheelchairDr. Mitchell Tepper, Executive Director, Director, Producer, and Writer, is a sexologist who has been living a full life with spinal cord injury for nearly 40 years. He has long been personally and professionally dedicated to ending the silence around sexuality and disabilities. Dr. Tepper has been working with wounded veterans since speaking at the Road to Recovery Conference for wounded veterans in 2006. Through spearheading the Wounded Troops and Partners: Supporting Intimate Relationships Conference in Washington DC in 2008, he was successful in getting the issue of sexual health and intimacy for wounded warriors on the national radar. He assisted the Bob Woodruff Foundation in organizing their High Impact Collaboration Conference, From Injury to Intimacy, in 2014. He has been instrumental in the implementation of couple's retreats within the VA system and in training members of the Sexual Health and Intimacy Workgroup at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Tepper has published peer reviewed articles in medical and sexual health journals on comprehensive sexual health care for catastrophically injured warriors.

Thank you Mitch for ... your passion and compassion and continued to commitment to our warriors, as well as the nation, as it relates to the gap in mental health services that we have.

Dr. Richard Carmona
17th Surgeon General of the US and Vice Chairman of the Canyon Ranch and the Canyon Ranch Institute

My father is a retired USAF Gen. and is in the final stages of Parkinson's caused by exposure to Agent Orange as a fighter pilot in Vietnam so I have a huge admiration for what you are doing.

Lisa

Bob and I watched last night and this is great! You’ve taken a hard topic that people don’t like to talk about and you have normalized it. So proud to know you and proud of all that you are doing. 

 

Lee Woodruff
Author, In an Instant: a Family’s Journey of Love and Healing

Love After War is a powerful, compelling and much needed documentary that breaks down barriers and offers real hope. While rarely discussed, the subject of this film - sexual health and intimacy - is of critical importance as we help our wounded veterans find their way - all the way - home.

Love After War is a must-see for everyone who wants to honor the men and women who serve our country - as well as for those who work tirelessly to provide the care and support our Service members, Veterans and their families deserve.

Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen
Former Executive Director, PREVENTS Task Force; Founder, Give an Hour; Mental Health Consultant, ABC's A Million Little Things

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