On Dec. 2, three Cave City High School EAST, SKILLS and Television students, two teachers, and Mr. and Mrs. Gary Farmer, traveled to the Warrior Family and Support Center (WFSC) in San Antonio, Texas. The reason behind the trip? Garrett Tuggle, Aaron Green and Tyler Durham were chosen by the district to produce a documentary film about the families of wounded soldiers.
Gary Farmer, of Cave City, travels to the WFSC about three times a year to volunteer and tell his story to the wounded soldiers at Brooke Army Medical Center, located alongside the WFSC on Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Farmer is a Vietnam veteran and an amputee soldier. He tells his story of perseverance and gives hope to the newly wounded soldiers. Of this, Farmer said, "If I can help one soldier then it is all worth it." Farmer is an inspiration, because he has not let his war injury hinder his lifestyle; he still enjoys fishing, traveling, working full time and volunteering for multiple humanitarian projects. Farmer approached Cave City Superintendent Steven Green in hopes that the school might be interested in helping to bring attention to the WFSC and assist in soliciting donations for the center.
It was Farmer's idea to shoot a documentary about the families of wounded soldiers. "The army medical center takes excellent care of our soldiers; it is the families of the soldiers that need our help." Many families that come to the WFSC have left everything behind and come to be with their wounded family member, whether it be a husband, wife, or child. Their stay on base will likely be a long one. These family members often leave their jobs, insurance and homes to be with their loved ones. They need support for the small necessities of life like formula for babies, diapers, groceries, and the staples that make up a home. WFSC strives to help meet these needs. The WFSC works solely off donations, as it is not government funded. Donations of any kind are accepted, including gift cards, cash, or supplies.
The students in charge of the project from pre to post production, conducted interviews with wounded warriors, families and volunteers from the WFSC. Tyler Downs was brought onto the team in early January, due to his expertise in editing. The four boys have produced an extraordinary story of pride, honor, and determination. Our American soldiers are prideful and often will not ask for assistance from citizens on their own; however, during the shooting of the documentary, the soldiers expressed great gratitude for the attention to their families needs. "It takes a large burden off our minds to know that our families are being taken care of during our recovery," said a solider during his interview.
It is an honor, and our duty, to do what we can for our soldiers and their families. For more information on how you can donate to the Warrior Family Support Center, call 216-916-8219 or 210-916-8367.
The following students participated in the project: Garrett Tuggle, editor; Tyler Downs, assistant editor; Aaron Green, public relations and Media associations; and Tyler Durham, script and narration.