The Why Can't We Serve documentary has been completed and will soon be distributed throughout the country as widely as possible. The project's history is captured in Marty Klein's newsletters, which are available on the Project Updates page.
An excellent article by David Barno and Nora Behsahel shares some very valid thoughts on how to show your appreciation when you meet someone who is or was in the armed forces. Their suggestions are worth practicing all the time, not just on Veteran's Day. Take a few moments to read "How to Talk to a Veteran."
An article on the Memorial Day observance in Kingston, NY, in 2015 contains thoughts that are well worth sharing. To read the article, go to this YouTube page and click on "Show More." You'll also hear a recording of an excerpt from the keynote address.
The Americans with Disabilities Act requires all major businesses and corporations to hire people with disabilities. This applies to most government agencies as well, with one glaring exception—the U.S. military, which is not required to comply with the ADA.
Author, disability activist, and blind Air Force veteran Marty Klein has completed production of a feature-length documentary film called “Why Can’t We Serve.” The goal is to help reduce the number of veteran suicides taking place in our country every day, as well as raise the standard of living for all people with disabilities.
Explore this website to learn about the need for the documentary. Consider supporting it with a financial contribution and by adding your thoughts to our Comments page.
5 Ways YOU Can Help!
1. Encourage your local veterans organizations to contact their U.S. senators and representatives, and ask them to support the movement.
2. Reach out to national organizations and encourage them to support this movement.
3. Share on social media any clips or notices about the film and where it is being shown.
4. Continue to support the movement with a donation to help with distribution.
5. Reach out to any celebrities who you think may want to get involved.
Documentary Has First Public Showings
The Why Can't We Serve documentary is shown at Unity Eastside Church in Tallahassee, FL.
There have been two public showings of Why Can't We Serve. The first event took place on January 21, 2018, at Unity Eastside Church in Tallahassee, Florida. It was followed by a showing in St. Petersburg, FL, on March 15 at Unity of St. Petersburg. On both occasions, Marty Klein was on hand to answer questions from the audience, and the film was well received. The comment below was contributed by one of the attendees of the January 21 event.
"As a former Army nurse (1972-1974) and a person who had a sister who was a veteran and a suicide casualty, I applaud your work. It was an honor to be a part of the audience today at Unity Eastside. I have a network of veteran connections who I will spread the word to, and will check to see when the video will be available for sale. When we 'disable the disability model' once and for all, and help each other move towards our own light and purpose, a healing peace will happen. Thank you again." - Karen Bauer