MSNBC's Military Documentary WOUNDED to Continue 3/23
"Paul: Operation Listen" marks the fifth installment of Wounded: The Battle Back Home, a documentary-style film series that brings to life the experiences of warriors with both visible and invisible wounds as they navigate their post-war lives.
The project, produced in conjunction with Austin-based Flow Nonfiction, commemorates the 10-year anniversary of nonprofit service organization Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded: The Battle Back Home (Paul: Operation Listen) debuts this Sunday, March 23, as part of the "Taking the Hill" series on MSNBC.
In July 2005, Paul De La Cerda deployed to Tal Afar, Iraq as part of a unit tasked with clearing routes and foot patrols of improvised explosive devices (IED). During what began as a routine mission, De La Cerda instinctively knew something was off with the mud-covered path their convoy was traveling on. The IED that hit De La Cerda's vehicle moments later sent his armored truck flying 50 feet in the air and killed a civilian walking near by. De La Cerda survived and later found out he suffered traumatic brain injury. De La Cerda returned home with anxiety, depression, guilt, anger, dizziness, memory loss and the realization that he wasn't the same person he was before arriving in Iraq.
After he was medically discharged from the Army, De La Cerda connected with Wounded Warrior Project. He found common ground with wounded veterans like himself and discovered music was one thing that kept him from giving up. De La Cerda said, "Without music I would have put a bullet through my brain." With the support of his caretaker and girlfriend Dianne and veterans of an older generation, Paul founded the Warrior Spirit Band, putting tens of thousands of his own dollars into the project. Having the band gives De La Cerda's daily life a sense of purpose and provides meaningful connections with countless veterans through music therapy. Wounded: The Battle Back Home follows De La Cerda in the days leading up to a big show at his Rock 4 Recovery studios. Tune in to hear his searing war story and see the direct impact Paul De La Cerda has on other struggling combat veterans.
Wounded: The Battle Back Home (Paul: Operation Listen) airs Sunday, March 23 at 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT as part of "Taking the Hill" on MSNBC.
About Wounded Warrior Project®
Wounded Warrior Project is recognizing its 10-year anniversary, reflecting on a decade of service and reaffirming its commitment to serving wounded veterans for their lifetime. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors -- by raising awareness and enlisting the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, by helping injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and by providing unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org. You may also visit wwp10.org for more information on the 10-year anniversary.