Hi, there. I’m Scott Mann, retired Green Beret and Afghan War veteran. Like so many of the other 800,000 veterans of the Afghan War, and the countless veterans of the wars in Iraq and Vietnam, the events of the fall of Afghanistan, and the epic suffering of the Afghan people to escape the horrific rule of the Taliban, has captured all of our hearts.

Before that happened, I was the founder of a non-profit called The Heroes Journey, where we use storytelling to help veterans find their voice and tell their stories. I wrote a play about the war called Last Out: Elegy of a Green Beret and we toured the country with that play in 2019. We went to 16 cities around America. We did post-traumatic stress interventions in the lobbies. We did talk-backs. The whole purpose of the story of the play, told by combat veterans and military family members, was to heal the wounds of war. It was to validate the journey of our warriors, their families, and our Gold Star families. It was to inform the American people on the cost of modern war, and of course, to reconnect us in a way that we weren’t connected, around a very hard subject. COVID shut all of that down in 2020, so we turned it into a movie that is to be released nationally in 2022 on major streaming platforms.

When all of this stuff started happening with the fall of Afghanistan and my involvement along with others in Task Force Pineapple, which is nothing more than a group of veterans from all across the country working together to honor a promise and supported by their citizens, I started asking myself, “what do we do with Last Out? Does it have a role here?”

What I’ve decided is that it absolutely does. Storytelling is how we move from where we were to where we are now and where we’re going. Storytelling is how we heal, how we validate, how we inform, how we reconnect. We need to tell the story of the sacrifice of our veterans. We also need to tell the story of the relationships and love that our veterans have with the Afghan people, particularly as they come here to become our newest citizens. I believe Last Out can do that. That’s why I’m so excited for you to see this film.

All of the proceeds from the release of Last Out will go to the creation of the Better Ground Veterans Performing Arts Center in Tampa as well as workshops and programming that will help our veterans and resettled Afghans tell the story of their own hero’s journey. Together, we can heal the wounds that have been affected on our combat veterans, our military families, and our Afghan allies as we come home from the longest war in history.


LAST OUT is produced by The Heroes Journey and made possible by the Gary Sinise Foundation.

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