Modern Warrior LIVE is the film version of the theatrical performance about one veteran’s experience when returning to civilian life and his recovery from trauma.
This free event at O'Donnell Auditorium in the Whitlock Building is open to all EKU students, campus community, and local community members. The film will begin at 6:00 pm, followed by a Q&A session.
Representatives from the EKU Counseling Center, Psychology Trauma Clinic, and Lexington Vet Center will be available during and after the event.
Narrated by co-creator Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling, who spent three years in Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division, this autobiographical production details Poling’s time in the military and his subsequent transition back home.
Jaymes Poling grew up in Warren, Ohio and enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina as an infantryman. During his eight years with the division, he spent 3 years fighting in Afghanistan as a Machine Gunner, and Squad Leader. Upon returning to Ohio at the age of 26, Jaymes was bothered by the portrayal of Combat Veterans in the media. Dealing with the memories of war, the loss of friends, and the isolation a Combat Veteran finds when leaving the military, Jaymes began to find the potential for growth that comes through adversity. Through education, writing, and public speaking, Jaymes came to recognize the universality of his journey. Jaymes received a finance degree at John Carroll University in May 2018, and spends time speaking across the country while partnering with veteran organizations to help veterans find their own peace after war.