Hollywood Loves Military Movies -- Shouldn't It Love Hiring Vets?

November 11, 2014 12:34 AM

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Veterans who are filmmakers, such as Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood, Ron Myer and Rod Lurie, prove year after year that veterans have vital stories to tell, along with the drive and talent to succeed in the entertainment business. But, as the Greatest Generation walks off stage, the numbers of veterans working in entertainment has dwindled. There is a now a critical need to make some small, no-cost policy changes at the federal, state and studio level to make sure that firsthand accounts of our veterans' experiences (on and off the battle field) can continue to be told. Imagine what we would have lost had Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone not been around to make the Academy Award-winning Platoon? We owe it to our vets -- and the American people -- to take steps to usher more veterans into the film and television business -- on set, in production offices and in the writer's room.

Over this past year, a roundtable of Los Angeles-based vets and civic leaders has stood up to address this problem. This team -- the Veterans in Entertainment Working Group (VIEWg) -- has developed a set of policy initiatives that would lead to thousands of new jobs for veterans at various levels of...

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