Movie Review: "Thank You For Your Service" May Be Triggering and Emotional for Military Survivors

Author: TAPS

U.S. Service Member and Loved One

TAPS appreciates those who seek to tell the story of military families, from the impact of combat service for the veteran to the broader impact on families bereaved by a military death. We strive to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to care for our military families who have suffered a loss. 

Recently, we were given the opportunity to view the film “Thank You for Your Service,” which was released Oct. 27. We recognize some may be drawn to this film given the title and military theme. After viewing, we want to provide feedback on the content, so each person can exercise his or her own judgment with regard to seeing this movie. 

The film condenses a wide variety of combat and post-combat experiences, focusing primarily on veterans' and families' struggles with post-traumatic stress. The content could be traumatizing for survivors as it is graphic, both visually and emotionally, and also depicts suicide. The film is rated R and therefore children under 17 must be accompanied with an adult. Please consider the graphic nature of the film when deciding whether to take your children to this film. 

For all military survivors, it is recommended you discuss your decision on whether to view this movie with a trusted person. If you should choose to watch "Thank You for Your Service," please consider doing so with someone who can support you during the viewing and assist you in processing it afterward because the movie may be triggering and emotional for military survivors. For those who have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress or have been exposed to trauma, or have other mental health concerns, it is advisable to discuss this with your mental health care provider before watching this film. 

Please remember, the compassionate care of TAPS is ever-present for all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Your TAPS family is available 24/7 through our National Military Survivor Helpline at 800-959-TAPS (8277). If you need information, support or a listening ear, we are here for you. 

It is important to be mindful of content and consider trauma of your loss and grief journey before viewing or reading material. Got Your 6 can be used as a resource if you have questions about the contents of particular films or TV shows related to military topics.