Based on true events, Denny’s War is a semi-fictional story based on the life of my father who died in 2020.
This deeply personal story will cover my father’s undiagnosed mental health issues as he faced life’s toughest challenges. The death of his father when he was only 16, volunteering to go to Vietnam at 18, and being discharged from the Army at 19. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at 20. He would marry a girl his family hated, become the father of 4 children and live the rest if his life wondering if going to Vietnam was a mistake.
Everyone of my fathers eight siblings would tell you, “there was always something… not quite right about Denny.” I believe that my father was Autistic long before anyone ever heard of this disorder and that the trauma he witnessed in war is the reason he developed schizophrenia. The U.S. military, still, does not screen for Autism.
I am not sure if this project will be a book or screenplay. Either way, I think my Dad would want me to tell this story.
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