Chico State screens movie to raise awareness for veterans


CHICO, Calif. - Veterans Day is this Saturday, and with over 200 veterans attending Chico State, several events are taking place on campus this week.

On Monday, Chico State hosted a screening of "Almost Sunrise," a documentary about a pair of veterans who struggled with depression for years after returning home from serving their country in Iraq.

This movie was chosen by Chico State's Office of Diversity and Inclusion. It follows the two vets on a self-reflecting pilgrimage, at times even nearing suicide as they suffered through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Before showing the movie, faculty announced that counseling was available if anyone needed their services. Several veterans were in the room and the movie had a few possible trigger points, which were pointed out in the beginning as a warning for those who may have been affected.

"I've had several acquaintances commit suicide because of PTSD who have seen combat and also being an air force veteran myself, I really believe that we have a lot of student veterans here on campus," said Donna Humphrey, assistant to the director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "I believe that other students, faculty and staff need to know about veterans and what they deal with when they come back from seeing combat."

The documentary was shown at 2 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. Monday, but Chico State is also hosting an event called Honoring Our Veterans Thursday for students, faculty or staff who may have missed it.

For more information about this week's events to honor veterans at Chico State, click here.

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