We just returned from Indiana where we had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the lively, caring, and capable Stacie Vaughan, and her husband, Andrew, who served in the Middle … Read More
The symptoms of PTSD are necessary combat survival skills in war, but when not "dialed down" when the soldier comes back home, these same wartime survival mechanisms can create misery. -- Laura Daniero Nickel
Just when I think I'm at peace, something seems to blow up, and then I'm not. -- Terri Topmiller
I Married the War is a documentary film giving voice to wives of combat veterans from World War II to the present-day Middle East wars. From every corner of our nation, women have waited and welcomed our warriors back from battle, only to discover that the conflict followed their husbands home.
Directed by Betty Rodgers and Ken Rodgers, the candid stories in this film bring to life the ways in which families are impacted and forever changed by the unique personal struggles, victories, and defeats experienced by our country's veterans. Hear about sharing a marriage with a WWII Medal of Honor recipient, a Vietnam War corpsman, an Iraq War survivor.
The wives in I Married the War recognize hyper-vigilance, isolation, the quick temper, and the emotional escape that are manifestations of post traumatic stress. As a result of traumatic brain injury, they have dealt with their husband's memory loss and reduced ability to think. They have battled their spouses' substance abuse and survivor's guilt. They have nursed their veterans' mangled bodies.
Wives feel isolated in their personal struggles until realizing they share experiences with women and families around the nation and the world. Hear how they have learned to adapt, how some have built on their husbands' strengths, and how some have discovered their own strengths and reestablished their identities in the process.
I was born in 1950 in Boise, ID, and lived most of my life in the area around Boise. I have one sister (Deb) and one brother (Jim). After graduating … Read More
Sally was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1929 to a close-knit, fun-loving family. Her mother was a nurse, her father a hardworking woodsman who also helped build highways, and she … Read More
Born in Athens, Greece, and raised in California, Laura Daniero Nickel is a former Army parachute rigger and former teacher of dance and fitness. A creative soul with an occasional … Read More
Gloria was born in 1933 in Santa Clara, California, at the home of her paternal grandparents on their 60-acre orchard. She was the only child of James S. Silva and … Read More
Carman was born in 1977 in Beaumont, Texas, to Noel and BJ Pryor. She has two younger sisters and was raised out in the country in deep Southeast Texas with … Read More
Anne Ohki was born in Sonoma County, California, in 1924, near the Russian River. She and her family were interned in Granada Relocation Center in Colorado at the beginning of … Read More
Soila L. Zepeda (Sally) was born in Rocksprings, Texas. She grew up in this little country town. In 1969, she married Luis, the man of her dreams, and moved to … Read More
Anne Potts Jackson graduated from Texas Tech University in 1991 with a degree in Secondary Education, and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Baylor University School of Law in … Read More
Francine was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she and her siblings were raised in a nurturing environment. Her father worked for the railroad. Francine married her husband, Bruce, after he … Read More
Precious was born in Jacksonville, Florida. She is the oldest of three siblings and was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She met her husband, Leonard, in 1998 and they were married … Read More
Stacie Vaughan grew up in Columbus, Indiana, with family roots still deep in Harlan, Kentucky. She was raised by a loving, tight-knit family that valued strong morals and unconditional love. … Read More
Co-producer Betty Rodgers comes from a long line of military veterans, and was born to a mother who appreciated and recorded their stories. In 1985, Betty married a Vietnam Veteran … Read More
Writer/Producer at Wide Eye Productions in Boise, Idaho. Jennifer has ushered dozens of projects from concept, through production, to completion—from Emmy award winning documentaries, to educational children’s programs, to brand … Read More
Carol Caldwell-Ewart is a writer and editor and long-time friend of Betty and Ken Rodgers and supporter of their creative efforts. “As Associate Producer on Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor, … Read More
“These moving, untold and unheard stories are an important part of our collective history and deserve to be shared and preserved. I am honored to be a part of this … Read More
John Nutt is a sound and film editor who has to his credit over 60 feature films, including Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Amadeus for which he was awarded … Read More
“It is often said that we’re happiest when we live in the moment. I’m lucky. Photography is all about the moment.” Bill Krumm has enjoyed a stellar career in television … Read More
Mike Shipman is a freelance photographer, writer, instructor, and designer. He has always been interested in art and science. His clients include Orvis, PDX Magazine, High Country News, AAA Magazine, … Read More
These are the people and organizations who make our work possible.
We are deeply grateful for their financial support and belief in the importance of this documentary film.
Dougherty Family Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County
Jean Hegland and Douglas Fisher
Richard and Gaylene Carlton
Norma and Jerry Jaeger
Penelope La Montagne
Trisha and Leland Nelson
Betty and Lee Plevney
Norma and Carle Goyen
Mary and Roger Engle
Bruce and Francine Jones
Marianne and Dennis Stanke
Michael E. O'Hara
Grove and Maggie Koger
Star Garnet Media - Robert Vestal &
Amanda and Mike Turner
Yes, we've completed our interviews!
And they are truly amazing. The honesty and no-holds-barred openness of the wives will result in a very powerful documentary. These women will touch hearts and change lives.
As we begin the next phase of this film, we need your help. It's time to begin editing and post-production to complete the film. We invite you to participate in this project with your donation large or small, and help us tell the story of wives of combat veterans from several conflicts in American history.
There are two ways to donate.
Contributions of $500 or more
For donations of $500 or more we are working with the Boise Film Foundation (501(c)3) to act as our non-profit fiscal sponsor to provide you with a tax deductible means of supporting our film.
To donate $500 or more directly online via PayPal (you will need to have a PayPal account or set up a free account when making the donation), please click on the button below and type in IMTW in the notes field just below the amount. The Boise Film Foundation acts as fiscal sponsor for multiple projects, so you must type in IMTW to ensure the funds are allocated to the correct project.
You can also mail a check made payable to the Boise Film Foundation, with IMTW written in the notes section of the check, to:
Boise Film Foundation
2260 Parkside Drive
Boise ID 83712
Contributions of less than $500
We greatly appreciate all donations. Donations made directly to Syringa Cinema, LLC, and/or under $500 are not tax deductible. If you wish to make a direct online contribution, please follow this PayPal link. You do not need to have a PayPal account to donate using this method; you may use a credit card.
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Syringa Cinema, LLC
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Kuna, ID 83634