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'Wounded: The Battle Back Home' - Operation Engage
"Wounded: The Battle Back Home," the documentary-style film series that brings to life the experiences of warriors with both visible and invisible wounds continues with Jesse Bergeron, a Marine Corps veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bergeron served as a Marine gunner, tasked with clearing roadways of threats including improvised explosive devices (IEDs). While Bergeron was stationed in Fallujah in April 2005 and performing a routine scouting mission, an IED went undetected by his unit and ultimately detonated, taking the life of a fellow Marine. Wounded: The Battle Back Home retells the harrowing details of Bergeron’s war story in the chaotic moments after the IED explosion. Bergeron had little time to reconcile his emotions following the deadly blast. Just two weeks later, he was summoned home to be with his newborn son, who had been born prematurely and was suffering from a bacterial infection that ultimately took his life.Overcome with the grief of his son’s passing and guilt from losing a fellow Marine, Bergeron began to show clear signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that made simple tasks like grocery shopping nearly impossible for the hardened Marine. Wounded: The Battle Back Home picks up on Bergeron’s story as he teams up with Wounded Warrior Project looking for support to ease the effects of PTSD. The series follows Bergeron on his new mission as he focuses on family and seeks out fellow wounded service members to remind them they are not alone in their journey to recover and shape their post-war lives.