Unfiltered: An Iraq Veteran and Family Coming Home Story

Margaret Suman’s nineteen-year-old son, Mark, was deployed overseas in 2003. He was gone fifteen months, with more than a year of that time spent in Iraq at the beginning of the war. When he returned, he landed a full-time job and bought a home. At first glance, it appeared he was ready to live a stable and secure life. But sadly, that was not to be. In Unfiltered, Suman shares her son’s battle dealing with both visible and invisible combat-related wounds during the next seventeen years and the battle with the behemoth bureaucratic systems. Taking an unfiltered look beyond fanfares and parades, it tells the behind-the-scenes account that happens to millions of veterans and their families after war, speaking out toward a code of silence with hopes of bringing perspective and awareness as a catalyst for change. This is not just a story about Suman’s veteran son and family. It’s a story of millions of veterans. A story, based on actual events, that every American should know. Unfiltered acknowledges that wars may never end, but how we deal with the aftermath must.

“I am confident that Unfiltered will serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for many years to come, and I hope that it will help others to better understand the sacrifices made by our service members and their families.”

Senator Mullin