Quantcast

Military Family Reacts to 'American Sniper' - KOAM TV 7

Military Family Reacts to 'American Sniper'

Updated:
CARTHAGE, MISSOURI - "It changes you. It changes you mentally. It changes you physically, psychologically, emotionally. It changes you in a lot of different ways."

After three tours in Iraq, Rob Wise has a difficult time adjusting to civilian life

"I was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress," Rob said. 

It's a problem his wife says has been a struggle for the entire family.

"When your best friend aches inside the way that they do, it is the worst feeling on the planet. Because you can't fix it for them."

With the recent release of the war film "American Sniper".

"I did see the movie," Rob said. "I didn't want to."

"I  could feel my husband tensing up the entire time," Rob's wife Ashley said.

The couple believes the film is shedding new light on a soldier's struggle.

"They did a great job in recreating the realism of that environment," Rob said. "What they also did an outstanding job with is recreating the feel of how a service member feels, or tries to feel, when they return home to an environment knowing that they've been changed forever."

Now Ashley and Rob wait for the film to help non-military families understand.. And act.  

"I'm hoping that it really touches hearts and souls to get that compassion, that empathy," Ashley said. 

"And I hope that when they understand the struggles that veterans have to face, they make the decision to help out in some way, shape, or form," Rob said.

"I challenge everybody to honestly put their money where their mouth is and do more than thank a veteran or military family for their service," Ashley said. "Do more than say thank you for your service. Because that is not enough."

Ashley Wise has started an online magazine focusing on PTSD, called "Teal Star" as well as runs "Battling BARE", an online support group.

CLICK HERE to find a non-profit group or charity assisting vets.


  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Happy 107!

    Happy 107!

    Friday, April 20 2018 7:26 PM EDT2018-04-20 23:26:42 GMT

    Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

    More >>

    Two very special Neosho County women are approaching an amazing milestone. They're both turning 107 in the coming weeks. 

    More >>
  • Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See

    Don't Ask for Bongs in this Joplin Store on 4/20...or Any Day...Despite What You See

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:41:59 GMT

    "You're outta here."

    More >>

    "You're outta here."

    More >>
  • Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum

    Erie High School Students to Host Town Hall Forum

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:13 PM EDT2018-04-20 22:13:34 GMT
    Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "...More >>
    Although these students are too young to vote, they're plenty old enough to care about issues our country is facing today. "Ever since Parkland happened, the shooting at Park Land. I've always had this mentality, like it can happen here" Erie High School sophomore, Matthew Inman attended the Pittsburg March For Our Lives rally, and one of the leaders encouraged people from all congressional districts to hold town hall meetings, the spirit of activism was contagious. "...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.