An Afghan Perspective - 60 Minutes on CBS - The life and death of Clay Hunt March 3, 2013

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During the war, it is not only the civilians who suffer but also on the other side there is military troops. Those who are going to help the people in the war zone against terrorism. Beside the physical injuries which is the reason of gun shots and bomb blasting, they also suffer from mental disorders during the war and afterwards.

This week 60 Minute show was about Clay Hunt from Houston, Texas, a Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. After four years, he took his own life in 2011.

He tries to change his life from being a veteran to an ordinary civilian. He was volunteered in Haiti earthquake with the nonprofit Team Rubicon in January 2010. Being in Haiti he tried to help people and meanwhile heal himself by forgetting the gun shots experiences. 

It is always difficult for every person to forget about his/her past life specially for those who experienced unimaginable situations. Some of the time the veterans will be jobless for a period of time and that is difficult for them to implement their military skills in a specific profession.

One of the FilmAnnex initiatives is the (G.I.V.E) that is  Global Initiative for Veteran Entrepreneurship. Its mission is to re-introduce war veterans to society and help them make their business ideas a reality.

It is important how we can keep the veterans away from their past experiences and provide an opportunity for them to become an entrepreneur and start their own business.

There are many success stories of those veterans who have started their own business like Luke Deer who was a marine in Iraq and Afghanistan, after leaving marines he wanted to open a specialized gym to attract the middle-aged men and women.

He said: "I am very motivated to help other veterans reach their goals, including veterans starting a business. While serving in the Marines I have met many people that will forever have an impact on my life."

جنگ تنها شامل خسارات و تلفات جانی و مالی برای شهروندان یک کشور نیست. در کنار آن نظامیانی که به منظور کمک و مبارزه با تروریست به آنجا آمده اند نیز از این قاعده مستثنی نیستند. اثرات جنگ نه تنها به صورت فیزیکی که مجروح شدن است بلکه به صورت روحی و روانی نیز با آنها باقی خواهد ماند.برنامه این هفته ۶۰ دقیقه در مورد کلی هانت یک سرباز سابق نیروی نظامی آمریکا در عراق و افغانستان که به علت مشکلات روحی بعد از جنگ در سال ۲۰۱۱ اقدام به خودکشی کرد

Fereshteh Forough

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Afghan Perspective is a weekly column presenting Afghan Women and Men's views on CBS' 60 Minutes shows. The Afghan writers watch each episodes and then try to relate the topic to what is happening in their country. The main goal is to connect people presented in the shows with Afghans…

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