Cave City H.S. EAST and T.V. Students Produce Wounded Warriors Documentary


Cave City H.S. EAST and T.V. Students Produce Wounded Warriors Documentary
4/4/2011 5:07:42 PM

“It is a story that needs to be told”, said Garrett Tuggle, editor of the project.

On December 2, 2010, three Cave City High School EAST and Television students, two teachers, and a local Vietnam veteran and his wife traveled to the Warrior Family and Support Center (WFSC) at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. The students planned to film a documentary film about wounded soldiers, their families and volunteers who care for them at the WFSC. The students were in charge of the project from pre- to post-production, using equipment received through an EETT (Enhancing Education through Technology) grant.

The goal of the documentary is to bring awareness to the needs of families of wounded soldiers and has been accepted by CBS Atlanta, Reader’s Digest and several other local television networks. 

Veteran and amputee soldier Gary Farmer of Cave City travels to the WFSC about three times a year to volunteer and tell his story to wounded soldiers at Brooke Army Medical center, located alongside the WFSC at Ft. Sam Houston. “If I can help one soldier, then it is all worth it,” says Mr. Farmer, who has not let his war injury hinder his lifestyle. He still enjoys fishing, traveling, working full time and volunteering for multiple humanitarian projects. Mr. Farmer had approached Cave City Superintendent Steven Green seeking help in bringing attention to and soliciting donations for the WFSC. Farmer and Supt. Green were aware of the EAST program’s capabilities and equipment and the two subsequently offered the EAST students this once-in-a-lifetime project.

It was Mr. Farmer’s idea to focus on the families of wounded soldiers. “The army medical center takes excellent care of our soldiers; it is the families of the soldiers that need our help.”  Many families have come to the WFSC leaving everything behind to be with their wounded family member. Their stay on base will likely be a long one. Many need assistance with the necessities of life like baby formula, diapers, groceries and staples. WFSC strives to meet these needs, but works solely from donations, with no government funding. Donations of any kind are accepted — gift cards, cash or supplies.

The students, in charge of the project from pre- to post-production, conducted interviews with wounded soldiers, family members and volunteers from the WFSC. Student Tyler Downs joined the team in early January, bringing expertise in video editing. The result is an extraordinary story of pride, honor, and determination. Soldiers’ pride often will not allow them to ask for assistance, however during shooting of the documentary, they expressed great gratitude for attention to their families’ needs. “It takes a large burden off our minds to know that our families are being taken care of during our recovery,” said a solider during his interview. 

It is an honor, and our duty, to do what we can for our soldiers and their families. For more information on how you can donate to the Warrior Family Support Center please call 216-916-8219 or 210-916-8367.  


Garrett Tuggle, Editor

Tyler Downs, Assistant Editor

Aaron Green, Public Relations and Media

Tyler Durham, Script and Narration



From left: Studdents Tyler Durham and  Garrett Tuggle, Col. Randy Martin, and student Aaron Green. Col. Martin escorted the boys around the military base to shoot footage for the documentary.


Students Garrett Tuggle and Tyler Durham edit video for documentary.


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