Marty Klein, a Woodstock resident and U.S. Air Force veteran, is hoping to raise awareness about the high number of veteran suicides each year and what can be done to help them with his new documentary “Why Can’t We Serve” and “Veteran’s Anthem,” which he is pushing for air play at radio stations across America on Veterans Day.
The filmmaker, who lost his sight while serving during the Vietnam War era, said he hopes his 54-minute movie and original song will lead to policy change when it comes to keeping disabled vets serving in non-combat roles.
His song, “A Veteran’s Anthem,” is available on iTunes and can be heard on www.spotify.com and at https://www.whycantweserve.com/media-downloads.html.
Klein also is hoping to screen his documentary at several key film festivals across the country, including the GI Film Festival in 2019. Locally, it will be shown at Kingston City Hall on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. and later that day at the VFW in Kingston at 7 p.m.
Additionally, it will screen in New York City on Nov. 12 and on Nov. 13 at the Rosendale Theatre at 7:15 p.m. Afterward, there will be a Q and A with three of the veterans in the movie, including Klein.