What is 6 Certified:

A study commissioned by Got Your 6 revealed that the general public currently reports seeing only extreme depictions of veterans—as either heroic or broken—on film and television. These portrayals significantly influence public perception of veterans overall, yet are not representative of the actual veteran population. As a result, 6 Certified was established to encourage more normalized depictions of veterans on film and television.

To be 6 Certified a film must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans. It must also make and fulfill at least one 6 Certified Actions. Any film that meets these requirements may be submitted to the 6 Certified Review Committee.

The committee, made up of experts from the entertainment industry and the veteran community, will consider the manner in which each film portrays veteran, military, or military family characters. 6 Certified films must portray veterans accurately and responsibly—meaning that, in the opinion of the committee, content creators did not drastically exaggerate veteran character traits or effects of military service. The committee will also consider the steps taken by filmmakers to embrace and research veteran culture during the creative process.

6 Certified Actions

Got Your 6 works with the entertainment industry in an effort to normalize the portrayal of veterans on film. To be 6 Certified, a film must contain a representative and balanced depiction of veterans. It must also make and fulfill at least one of the actions below. Any film that meets these requirements may be submitted to the 6 Certified Review Committee.

DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representations

CAST A VETERAN
Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial role

HIRE A VETERAN WRITER
Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrative

PORTRAY A VETERAN CHARACTER
Develop a multidimensional veteran character

TELL A VETERAN STORY
Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themes

USE VETERANS AS RESOURCES ON SET OR IN WRITERS’ ROOMS
Have veterans present to consult throughout the film making process

Bruce Cohen, Academy Award-winning producer of film, television, theater and live events

Bruce Cohen is an Academy Award-winning producer of film, television, theater and live events. Cohen won the Best Picture Academy Award for producing AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) along with Dan Jinks. He earned additional Best Picture nominations for MILK (2008) and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (2012).

Among the other films Bruce has produced is BIG FISH (2003), directed by Tim Burton. Bruce was a lead producer of the stage musical version of BIG FISH, on Broadway in 2013. In television, Cohen was executive producer of the ABC series PUSHING DAISIES, and of the CBS special MOVIES ROCK and was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for producing the 83rd ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS.

Cohen is on the Executive Committee of the Producer’s Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and produced the inaugural Governor’s Awards for the Academy in 2009. He is a National Board Member of the Producer’s Guild of America, having served two terms as vice president of motion pictures and produced the PGA Awards from 2001 to 2003. He is also an entertainment industry liason to Joining Forces, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s initiative to support veterans and military families.

Bruce is president of the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the group behind the successful Supreme Court case to have California’s Proposition 8 declared unconstitutional, as profiled in the HBO documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8 (2014). He is married to Gabe Catone and they have a three year old daughter.

Bill Rausch, Got Your 6 Executive Director

Bill Rausch is the Executive Director at Got Your 6. He is a former Army Major with over ten years of service including 17 months in Iraq serving under Generals Casey and Petraeus while assigned to the Information Operations Task Force. Prior to joining GY6, Bill was Political Director at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America where he oversaw policy and advocacy campaigns.

Prior to his veteran advocacy work, he was a Senior Consultant providing products and services to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense while assigned to the Pentagon. Bill regularly testifies in front of Congress and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and MSNBC’s coverage of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Bill is also an active community leader and volunteer serving as Chapter Captain for Team Red White and Blue (Team RWB) in his local community in Alexandria, VA. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Volunteer Alexandria, an organization promoting volunteerism across all charity sectors.

Charlie Ebersol, Founder of The Company

Charlie Ebersol is a multi-hyphenate, award-winning film and television producer/director with a track record for creating thoughtful, important, sometimes controversial projects with high entertainment value. Ebersol has executive produced both film and television projects across a variety of top-tier networks, including HBO, ESPN, NBC, SPIKE, CNBC, USA, HISTORY, MSNBC, and many others.

Ebersol is currently making headlines for his record-breaking premiere of “The Profit,” on CNBC as well as guiding cable’s top two networks USA and TNT into reality programming for the first time with USA’s “The Moment,” hosted by Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner, and TNT’s “The Great Escape,” which The Company created and produced with Hollywood greats Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and Bertram van Munster.

The Company continued its summer hot streak with the launch of “Race to the Scene,” the first-of-its-kind competition series for REELZ Channel. In addition, The Company has a pilot development deal for “The Hiring Squad,” a workplace reality series with Spike.

Ebersol shares a unique partnership with the NFL and 2013 marked the third anniversary of the critically acclaimed series “NFL Characters Unite,” created and produced by The Company and part of an award-winning partnership with the NFL and USA Network. The annual series has featured NFL superstars including Super Bowl winners Jamaal McClain and coach Tony Dungy, NY Giant Justin Tuck, Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Palamalu and Hines Ward, as well as Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald, New Orleans Saint Jimmy Graham, and Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzales as they help teenagers combat issues of bullying and discrimination, similar to those they dealt with before their sports superstardom.

Ebersol and The Company debuted a first-of-its-kind, high-tech competition show “Off the Grid: Million Dollar Manhunt.” The action-adventure special for History challenged two everyday Americans to evade a team of expert trackers and stay “off the grid” long enough to win one of the biggest cash prizes in cable history—$1 million. Ebersol also co-created and executive produced NBC’s terrorist tracking reality news show “The Wanted,” along with forming, and later selling, Saint James Films.

Prior to launching The Company, Ebersol headed production on numerous successful documentary films such as “Don’t Look Down,” which followed the life of Olympic snowboarder Shaun White following his Gold Medal win. He then produced “Tradition Never Graduates,” the story of the Notre Dame Football team and its fans.

Ebersol’s first film was the 2006 documentary “Ithuteng: Never Stop Learning,” which received wide acclaim including numerous humanitarian awards, such as the first ever OneXOne Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2005. Oprah Winfrey was so moved by “Ithuteng,” she immediately contributed $1.14 million to the Ithuteng Trust School, an organization dedicated to the positive development and education of at-risk children in South Africa.

Ebersol holds a B.A. in Film, Television and Theatre from The University of Notre Dame. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, CA.

Tim Norman, DreamWorks Animation, Director of Human Resources

Tim is a U.S Army airborne infantry veteran of the Gulf War where he served with F Company, 51st Infantry Long Range Surveillance (LRSU).  He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and taught middle school and high school for 3 years before making the transition into recruiting and human resources.   He was the Director of Recruiting for iFilm.com before becoming the Director of Human Resources for Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer and his group of media and music companies.  Currently, he is a Director of Human Resources at DreamWorks Animation.

Tim is a Board of Directors Emeritus for Veterans in Film & Television and was president of the board of directors for the Los Angeles non-profit SHARE!, which focuses on addiction recovery and solutions to local homelessness.  He is currently a human resources advisory council member for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s 10,000 Strong Veterans Hiring Initiative and is an active advisory committee member for the national Got Your 6 military veteran’s campaign working to help bridge the military-civilian divide.  In 2014, he was named Los Angeles County Veteran of the Year.

Tim lives in Altadena, California with his wife and son.

Bonnie Carroll, TAPS President and Founder

Bonnie Carroll is a 2015 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is a military veteran, the surviving spouse of the Brigadier General Tom Carroll, a former staffer in the Reagan and Bush White Houses, and the President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the leading national Military Service Organization providing compassionate care, casework assistance, and 24/7/365 emotional support for all those impacted by the death of a military loved one. Ms. Carroll founded TAPS following the death of her husband  in an Army C-12 plane crash on November 12, 1992.

Ms. Carroll served in Baghdad, Iraq as the Deputy Senior Advisor for Programs in the Ministry of Communications. In that capacity, she managed the execution of a quarter billion dollars in US Supplemental funds for the reconstruction of the telecommunications capability in Iraq, the modernization of the postal service, and creation of the Iraq Communications and Media Commission. She continues to work with Iraqi surviving families facing traumatic loss.

Before going to Iraq, Ms. Carroll was appointed to be the White House Liaison for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Washington, DC. Prior to this appointment, she served as director of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and ensured the development of programs to aid families coping with a traumatic loss in the military.

Carroll retired as a Major in the Air Force Reserve following 30 years of service, where her career included service as Chief, Casualty Operations, HQ USAF. Her last assignment was on the HQ USAF National Security and Emergency Preparedness staff in the Pentagon. Prior to joining the USAFR, Major Carroll served 16 years in the Air National Guard as a Transportation Officer, Logistics Officer, and Executive Officer.

Ms. Carroll holds a degree in Public Administration and Political Science from American University and a degree in Equine Science from Springfield College. She has completed Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Leadership Program on International Conflict Resolution, and is a graduate of several military service schools, including the USAF Logistics Officer Course, Squadron Officers School, Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Academy of Military Science (Distinguished Graduate), and USAF Basic Training (Honor Graduate).

Ms. Carroll has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Death Education and Counseling, the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council, the VA Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, and is past co-chair of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces. She currently serves on the Defense Health Board and the Board of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

She is the author of Healing Your Grieving Heart After A Military Death and has authored numerous articles on grief and trauma.  She has appeared on CNN, FOX, NBC’s The Today Show,  and other national programs speaking about military loss. In addition to receiving the 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom, Ms. Carroll was featured in People Magazine as a “Hero Among Us” and received recognition as “Washingtonian of the Year.” She has also received the “National Citizen” Award from the Military Chaplains Association and the “Faithfully Serving America” Award from the American Legion. She was named a recipient of the Community Heroes Award by the Military Officers Association of America, and been recognized by the Defense Department with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, and has received the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award.

During her earlier career in Washington, DC, Ms. Carroll lived and worked on Capitol Hill as a political consultant on Presidential and Congressional campaigns and consultant on aerospace and national defense issues. In the federal government, she held Presidential Appointments in the Reagan and Bush Administrations, including a senior level position within the West Wing of the White House as Executive Assistant for Cabinet Affairs. In this capacity, she served as liaison for President Reagan with his Cabinet, coordinating domestic and economic policy implementation. In the administration of George Herbert Walker Bush, Ms. Carroll served in the White House Counsel’s Office, assisting with the legal review process for Presidential nominees to the Cabinet and other senior government positions requiring Senate Confirmation.

Ms. Carroll divides time between her home in Anchorage, Alaska and the TAPS National Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Kimberly Gilmore, HISTORY®/A+E Networks, Senior Historian and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility

Dr. Kimberly Gilmore is Senior Historian and Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for HISTORY®/A+E Networks. Dr. Gilmore received a Ph.D. in American History from New York University in 2005. At A+E Networks, she oversees education and outreach initiatives. These programs include the Emmy-Award winning Mission to Honor initiative. Mission to Honor highlights the contributions of veterans in American society, gives a platform to the nation’s leading veterans organizations and connects students to veterans in their communities.

Dr. Gilmore serves on the board of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, the editorial board of The American Historian published by the Organization of American Historians and on the Advisory Council of the California History Blueprint. She also serves as a content advisor for ReadWorks.org and is active in cable industry and historical organizations.

Marjorie Williams, Endemol Shine North America, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs

Marjorie Williams is Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, at Endemol Shine North America, where she oversees development matters for ESNA’s unscripted programming team, digital division, and Latino division. Marjorie also handles day-to-day corporate matters.

Prior to joining ESNA, Marjorie was Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, at Comedy Central. In that role, Marjorie was one of a handful of attorneys primarily focused on digital/new media transactions and was instrumental in structuring and negotiating digital content deals for programming that was distributed via SnapChat, Instagram, Vine, Periscope, YouTube, Sirius XM radio, and other SVOD/AVOD platforms. Marjorie began her legal career as Manager, Business and Legal Affairs, at BET Networks where she negotiated and drafted a variety of development and production agreements for BET’s scripted and unscripted programs.

Marjorie holds a B.A. from Howard University, an M.A. from the University of Oklahoma, a J.D. from Loyola Law School-Los Angeles, and an Executive M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Marjorie also serves her country as a major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, with 16-plus years of combined active duty and reserve service.

Rory Brosius, ScoutComms, Vice President

Rory Brosius is a Vice President at ScoutComms, the nation’s leading communications, advocacy, philanthropic strategy, and market research firm focused on efforts to support veterans and military families. In her role at ScoutComms, Rory focuses on corporate social responsibility, health and wellness, non-profit programs, public and community relations, and project management.

Prior to joining Scoutcomms, Rory served as a policy adviser to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at the White House where she was the Deputy Director of Joining Forces, a national initiative launched to engage all sectors of society to support our service members, veterans, and their families. Throughout her tenure, the initiative achieved success in advancing veteran and military spouse hiring efforts, reducing veteran homelessness, and engaging the healthcare and educational communities in support of service members, veterans, and their families. In her role, Rory developed, planned and hosted dozens of strategic public and private engagements for the Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden, increasing the visibility of Joining Forces and furthering the mission to engage all Americans in concrete efforts to support the military and veteran community.

A military spouse and social worker by training, Rory specializes in military family policy specifically public private partnerships, caregiving, and mental health. Rory holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is the recipient of a Presidential Volunteer Service Award, the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, and a Marine Corps Certificate of Commendation.

Matt Mabe, TAPS Red Team, Director of Strategic Operations

Matt Mabe is Director of Strategic Operations at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors’ TAPS Red Team.

He previously held the position of Director of Operations at Got Your 6, where he led the planning and execution of Storytellers; directed the group’s annual grant-making process; and was pivotal in the success of various initiatives in Got Your 6’s culture change portfolio, including the 6 Certified program. He also helped steward a range of creative partnerships between Got Your 6 and veteran-related productions in Hollywood and on Broadway.

Matt is a former Army officer, journalist and writer. From 2002 to 2007 Matt was stationed in Germany as an Army engineer officer. During that time he deployed twice to Iraq, first as a platoon leader and later as a company XO and battalion staff officer. Matt left the military in 2007 to pursue a career in journalism and went on to work at various publications in New York, Paris and Moscow. In 2009 Matt was recalled to active duty and deployed to Afghanistan, where he served as an Information Operations Officer in the eastern provinces.

Years later, Matt drew on his military experience and his passion for writing by producing a series of Harvard case studies about the 2011 merger of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. A graduate of West Point, Matt also holds masters degrees in journalism and public policy from Columbia and Harvard. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two young daughters.

6 Certified

Got Your 6 launched the 6 Certified initiative in early 2015 as a way to challenge industry executives and content creators to craft more thoughtful narratives around veterans and military families. Through this initiative, Got Your 6 highlights projects that portray veterans accurately and responsibly. Each of the 6 Certified projects below help to create a new cultural narrative surrounding veterans, portraying them as the assets and leaders they are.

6 Certified Projects: September 2017

Blood Stripe

Winner of numerous film festival awards, the thriller “Blood Stripe” tells the story of a female U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant returning home after three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. When a boisterous homecoming party provokes an explosive outburst, she seeks refuge at a summer camp on a lake. The production employed numerous veteran technical advisors on staff to ensure accuracy in the telling of this thriller. Wakemup Productions, Tandem Pictures

Great News

This Tina Fey-produced NBC comedy centers around a newsroom full of characters, including an up-and-coming producer whose older New Jersey mother has accepted an internship alongside her, as well as an anchor whose narcissism and showboating proves to be troubling for the whole crew. In writing an episode about journalists deploying alongside active duty servicemembers, “Great News” collaborated with Got Your 6 advisors in order to avoid veteran stereotypes. Little Stranger, 3 Arts Entertainment, Universal Television, Bevel Gears, Big Wig Productions

My Motto: Veterans Edition

A two-time 6 Certified recipient, MyxTV collaborated with Got Your 6 on “My Motto: Veterans Edition” to spotlight the stories of three Asian American veterans whose time in service empowered them to become leaders in their communities upon their return home. In order to shatter the stereotypes of Asian Americans as perpetual foreigners and veterans as broken heroes, the special gives an up-close look into the lives of Asian American Army, Navy and U.S Marine Corps veterans with accomplished but unorthodox careers. MyxTV

Rebel in the Rye

A biographical drama directed and written by Danny Strong, “Rebel in the Rye” is based on the biography J.D. Salinger: A Life, about the life of the young writer. The portrait follows Salinger’s life from the front lines of World War II to his early rejections and the service-connected writer’s block that led to the creation of his iconic novel, The Catcher in the Rye. Black Label Media, West Madison Entertainment

SEAL Team

Premiering on CBS on September 27, “SEAL Team” follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute high stakes missions. CBS has put veterans both in front of and behind the camera in order to accurately portray servicemembers and veterans. CBS Television Studios, Timberman-Beverly Productions

Served Like a Girl

Having served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nichole, Hope, Rachel, and Andrea know that, for many, the war isn’t over. The documentary “Served Like a Girl” follows these and other women veterans as they join forces with Jas Boothe, founder of The Final Salute, to help the 55,000 homeless women veterans, whose stories mirror their own. While struggling with PTSD, divorce, serious illness, and sexual abuse, competing in Ms. Veteran America ignites an emotional roller coaster for the women veterans involved. Pop Smoke Films

6 Certified Projects: MAY 2017

American Veteran

The feature length documentary tells the story of U.S. Army Sergeant Nick Mendes, who was paralyzed from the neck down by a 500 pound improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2011. The documentary follows Nick for five years following the explosion as he rebuilds his life and falls in love with Wendy, an extraordinary medical caregiver he meets in a VA hospital. The film chronicles his long recovery, struggles, and pain, but never perpetuates the stereotype of the “wounded veteran.” BetterThanFiction Productions

Criminal Minds

The long-running American police crime drama, set primarily at the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) based in Quantico, Virginia, follows a group of FBI profilers who catch various criminals through behavioral profiling. The plot focuses on the team’s cases and their personal lives, depicting the hardened life and statutory requirements of a profiler. Actor Joe Mantegna plays Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi, a senior level profiler who happens to be a Vietnam veteran as well as a moral core of the show. His service is primarily mentioned in passing, depicting his veteran status as one of many characteristics as opposed to defining his identity. The Mark Gordon Company, ABC Studios, CBS Television Studios

Fences

Directed by Denzel Washington with a screenplay by August Wilson based upon his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Fences” follows Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh as he fights to provide for those he loves. Troy once dreamed of a baseball career, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart. Troy’s brother Gabriel, a disabled veteran, acts as a shining beacon of hope, despite his traumatic backstory. Gabriel is a fresh take on the sorts of wounds soldiers endure and showcases the strength of the human spirit. Paramount Pictures, in association with Bron Creative and Macro Media

Five Came Back

Netflix’s “Five Came Back” is a three-part adaptation of Mark Harris’ bestseller, directed by Laurent Bouzereau. Meryl Streep narrates Harris’ story of how five esteemed Hollywood directors – Frank Capra (“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”), George Stevens (“Swing Time”), William Wyler (“The Letter,” “Jezebel”), John Ford (“Stagecoach,” “The Grapes of Wrath”), and John Huston (“The Maltese Falcon”) – volunteered to make propaganda films for the United States and its fighting corps. For the adaptation, it was Bouzereau’s vision to ask five current filmmakers – Guillermo del Toro, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan and Paul Greengrass – to consider the Hollywood quintet who went to war and returned forever altered by what they saw and did. Amblin Television, IACF Productions, Netflix, Passion Pictures, Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment

Megan Leavey

“Megan Leavey” is based on the true life story of a young U.S. Marine corporal (played by Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) and written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo, and Tim Lovestedt, the film documents their journey of more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them. Bleecker Street/LD Entertainment

Sand Castle

Set in Iraq in 2003, “Sand Castle” follows a platoon of U.S. Army soldiers in the early days of Iraq War. Inexperienced Private Matt Ocre (played by Nicolas Hoult) and his unit are ordered to the outskirts of the village Baqubah to repair a water pumping station damaged by U.S. bombs. Ocre struggles with the true cost of war and learns that trying to win the hearts and minds of the locals is a task fraught with danger. The film was written by U.S. Army veteran and Tillman Scholar, Chris Roessner. Treehouse Pictures, Voltage Pictures, 42/Automatik, Netflix

Seeing Blind: Crown Royal Digital Short

A digital short produced by Crown Royal as part of its “Living Generously” campaign, “Seeing Blind” tells the story of U.S. Army Major Scotty Smiley, a combat veteran who was blinded in Iraq and continued to serve in active duty for another decade as the Army’s first blind commander. To thank Major Smiley for his service, Crown Royal paired him with internationally renowned poet Matthew Dickman to help him visualize his hometown of Pasco, Wash., in a poetic new way. Good Company

Seven Dates with Death

This moving documentary short is about Moreese Bickham, a man jailed for an act of self-defense who survives half his life in prison by holding onto his faith, resilience, and hope. Viewers don’t learn he is a veteran until the end credits when an American flag is draped on his coffin at his funeral; however, this symbolic end showcases the depth of Moreese’s life and sacrifice. The short documentary is currently playing in film festivals across the U.S. and London and is expected to be publicly released by the end of 2017. Executive Producers Joan M. Cheever, Mike Holland

Taken

A television series based on the “Taken” film trilogy, this series acts as a modern day origin story for former Green Beret Bryan Mills (played by Clive Standen), who overcomes a personal tragedy while starting his career as a special intelligence operative. As a former CIA agent and post-9/11 veteran, Mills has spontaneous flashbacks to his military service. While the show touches on his service, it allows the audience to be empathetic with his experience and the skills learned while in uniform. “Taken” consulted with Got Your 6 team members on specific issues regarding active duty service and veteran reintegration. FLW Films, Universal Television, Europacorp Television, NBC

This Is Us

This hit American television series stars Milo Ventimiglia (Jack) and Mandy Moore (Rebecca), parents of triplets – two natural-born and one adopted after their third child is stillborn. The series follows siblings Kate, Kevin and Randall as their lives intertwine. After 18 episodes, it is revealed that Jack – who must balance being the best father he can be with the struggles of supporting for his family of five – is a Vietnam War veteran. This dramedy challenges everyday presumptions about how well we think we know the people around us. Rhode Island Ave. Productions, Zaftig Films, 20th Century Fox Television, NBC

The Vietnam War

This 10-part documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will air on PBS in September 2017. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War through the testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many American veterans who served in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from both the winning and losing sides. Florentine Films, PBS

VOW

“VOW” (Veterans Operation Wellness) is a Spike campaign created to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country. Two of the campaign’s digital shorts, “Operation Surf Helps Returning Soldiers” and “NYC Veterans Day Parade 2016,” were awarded 6 Certified status. In addition to featuring inspiring veterans, the shorts serve to motivate civilians to connect with veterans through community-building events and activities. Witness Films, Viacom

When We Rise

This four-part mini-series event which chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs, and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBTQ men and women who helped pioneer the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement. Ken Jones (played by Michael K. Williams and Jonathan Majors), an African-American Vietnam veteran, joined the gay-liberation movement in San Francisco, only to discover and confront racism within the gay men’s community. For years he organized services for homeless youth, worked to diversify the gay movement, and led efforts to confront the devastation of the AIDS epidemic. ABC Studios

6 Certified Projects: January 2017

Patriots Day

“Patriots Day” focuses on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and follows the police officers, first responders, investigators, and survivors who sought justice in the aftermath. Like their previous collaborations “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg and actor/producer Mark Wahlberg consulted with, hired, and cast veterans. In addition to these cast and crew, many law enforcement characters in the film were played by actual officers, many of whom are also real life veterans. Academy Award®-winner J.K. Simmons also plays Army veteran and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, who is quoted as saying, “I don’t consider myself a hero—we’re just a group of ordinary guys who were put in an extraordinary situation, and we just performed extraordinarily.” “Patriots Day” is currently playing in limited release and opens in theaters nationwide on January 13. CBS Films and Lionsgate

SIX

HISTORY’s new military combat drama series “SIX,” follows members of Navy SEAL Team Six, modern American warriors, whose covert mission to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan goes awry when they uncover a U.S. citizen working with terrorists. Inspired by real missions, the series authentically captures the inside world of America’s elite Special Operations unit – what these SEALs do, their personal lives, combat and the life-and-death decisions they make to protect and serve their country. Created and produced by veterans, the show also employed a retired Navy SEAL as the series’ technical advisor and associate producer. “SIX” premieres January 18. A+E Studios in association with Weinstein Television

“The War Horse News” via Vanity Fair

Appearing as a video feature of November 2016’s Vanity Fair article “Inside the Painstaking Recovery Process of a Medal of Honor Marine,” medically retired Marine author and journalist Thomas J. Brennan worked with filmmaker George Steptoe to create a nine-minute digital short that follows the long medical recovery of then-Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter. An incredible amount of research was conducted over the course of the year to create this nine-minute multimedia project, which was further verified by Vanity Fair’s fact checking team. The War Horse News, a “nonprofit news outlet and community dedicated to investigating the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs,” is committed to the accurate and fair portrayal of veterans in media. Vanity Fair

One Day at a Time

Launching January 6, this Netflix reboot of the 1975 original by WWII veteran Norman Lear centers on a present-day Cuban-American family. It stars Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, an Army veteran-turned-nurse and a single mom who excels at raising her teenaged son and daughter with the help of her traditionalist mother, played by EGOT Rita Moreno. The veteran community is also presented throughout the series by way of Penelope’s ex-husband and friends. Netflix

Blueprint Specials

The second theatrical production to be 6 Certified, the “Blueprint Specials” play scripts were recently rediscovered after going missing for half a century. The Special Services Division of the War Department originally produced this series of plays in 1944 and 1945 with the intention of engaging active duty service members in “GI shows for GI audiences.” Written by Army veteran and Pulitzer Prize winner Frank Loesser (“Guys & Dolls,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”), these “Blueprint Specials” served to boost morale and bring the arts to troops fighting overseas. Debuting January 6, these historical pieces will be brought back to life in performances by both veterans and Broadway stars aboard the USS Intrepid in New York. Waterwell

6 Certified Projects: November 2016

Bandstand

Set in 1945, Bandstand tells the story of musician Donny Novitski who is about to lead his band of fellow veterans into competition for America’s next swing band sensation. Opening on Broadway April 26, 2017, the writers and producers of “Bandstand” reached out to the Got Your 6 campaign for scripting feedback in order to portray veterans accurately and responsibly.

Cast Me!

“Cast Me!” reveals the day-to-day work at LA-based agency DK Casting, owned by U.S. Marine Corps veteran David Kang. As an official partner of the Got Your 6 campaign, Myx TV ensured “Cast Me!” was crafted at every stage of production with positive veteran messaging. In addition to one of the four casting directors on the show being a veteran, this reality series also makes it a point to look to the veteran population for their casting needs. Myx TV

Citizen Soldier

“Citizen Soldier” is a film told from the point of view of a group of soldiers from the Oklahoma National Guard’s 45th Thunderbirds Brigade. The project tells the true story about their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan, offering a personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these citizen soldiers endeavor to extend their ideals of service into their reintegration at home. Strong Eagle Media

Hacksaw Ridge

In theaters on November 4, “Hacksaw Ridge” is the true story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, played by Andrew Garfield, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during WWII despite refusing to bear arms on religious grounds. Doss was ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance, but went on to earn respect and accolades for his bravery, selflessness, and compassion after he risked his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. Doss’ father, played by Hugo Weaving, is a WWI veteran who provides a sobering speech on his personal motivation to serve. Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label

Hap and Leonard

Set in the late 1980s, “Hap and Leonard” is a darkly comic swamp noir story of two best friends, one femme fatale, a crew of washed-up revolutionaries, a pair of murderous psycho-killers, some lost loot, and the fuzz. The series follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy), an East Texas white boy with a weakness for Southern women, and his best friend Leonard Pine (Michael K. Williams), a gay, black Vietnam vet. When Hap’s seductive ex-wife Trudy (Christina Hendricks) resurfaces with a deal they can’t refuse, a simple get-rich-quick scheme snowballs into bloody mayhem. Leonard is portrayed as a skilled and resourceful problem solver in this dark comedy. SundanceTV

Invictus Games Orlando 2016

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event, created by Britain’s Prince Harry, for wounded, injured, or sick armed services personnel and veterans. The Invictus Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country. Following the inaugural event in London in 2014, the Invictus Games came to Orlando, Florida where 500 competitors from 14 nations inspired the world with their Invictus spirit. The First Lady Michelle Obama attended the Opening Ceremony. ESPN

Justified

“Justified” is an American crime drama based on Elmore Leonard’s novella “Fire in the Hole.” For all six seasons, series regular Deputy U.S. Marshal Tim Gutterson (Jacob Pitts), a former U.S. Army Ranger Sniper, displayed his wry understanding of Deputy U. S Marshal Raylan Givens’ (Timothy Olyphant) unconventional law enforcement methods. FX

Marvel’s Luke Cage

Mike Colter stars as former U.S. Marine Carl Lucas/Luke Cage. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city. Luke is portrayed as a tough, resourceful character whose heart is in the right place despite his flaws. Netflix

No Greater Love

This documentary explores a combat deployment through the eyes of a U.S. Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops. The film depicts the experience of war and, more importantly, helps viewers understand the personal struggles of reintegrating soldiers. The chaplain discusses his own depression after his service and reunites his battalion to examine the reintegration process with the men he served alongside. Atlas House Productions

Power Triumph Games

The “Power Triumph Games” is a multi-round sports competition that challenges world-class military veteran athletes who have overcome catastrophic injury to step outside their comfort zones. Their goal is to showcase veteran’s unique ability to adapt, overcome and thrive. With the United States Military Academy as a backdrop, athletes face eight challenges that are required of cadets to graduate. The games challenge all who see it to raise their own bar of gratitude and achievement. The 2016 games are a three-hour miniseries on CBS Sports Network and a one-hour sports special broadcast on CBS Sports, featuring personal stories of service, character, and triumph. OurVetSuccess and ITN Productions

Reparation

Winner of 11 film festival awards, “Reparation” is a psychological thriller that centers around Bob Stevens (Marc Menchaca), a small-town farmer with a three year hole in his memory. When Jerome (played by real life veteran Jon Huertas), his best friend from the U.S. Air Force shows up, Bob’s peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. Co-written by an Air Force veteran, the film takes the audience on a thrilling ride through the mind of a veteran confronting psychological issues, while avoiding the stereotype of the combat-damaged veteran, and echoing the call of duty to watch your buddy’s back. Red Dirt Pictures

Roadtrip Nation: The Next Mission

“The Next Mission” showcases the trials and triumphs of post-military transition through the stories of Helen, Sam, and Bernard – three transitioning service members who set off on a road trip across the country to discover their purpose in the civilian world. As they interview fellow veterans who have found fulfilling work beyond service, the team learns that the skills cultivated in the military aren’t limited to the battlefield; they can be applied to any number of exciting careers. Roadtrip Nation, American Public Television

Sully

Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Sully” tells the real story of the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when commercial pilot and U.S. armed forces veteran Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became a hero after performing an unprecedented forced water landing on New York’s Hudson River. Played in the film by Tom Hanks, Sully puts his military training and experience to good use, saving 155 lives by gliding the commercial plane to safety, but even as he was being praised by the public and the media, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy both his reputation and career. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures

Deepwater Horizon

Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon” has been honored as a “6 Certified” project. The first film to receive a 6 Certified rolling nomination is based on the true events that occurred on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. The film chronicles the courage of those who worked on the Deepwater Horizon. Mark Wahlberg stars as Mike Williams, a veteran Marine who epitomized leadership and refused to leave anyone behind even when faced with dangerous circumstances. While Williams’ service is only mentioned once, his veteran character provides a strong and positive portrayal of veterans.

6 Certified Projects: June 2016

Day One

Soldier-turned filmmaker Henry Hughes wrote Day One, based on his own experiences working alongside a female Afghan translator. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the the category of Live Action Short Film and Henry Hughes was a speaker at 2015’s Got Your 6 Storytellers. While written and directed by a veteran, Day One accurately portrays military service rather than veterans.

Fargo

In this latest installation, taking place in 1979 South Dakota and Minnesota, the two officers investigating a series of murders and related crimes are both veterans from different wars.

Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce

This submission is a direct result of Got Your 6 being invited into the writers’ room where they immediately added two references to veterans in the following scenes that week. While not an exhaustive integration, this romantic comedy included veterans peripherally.

Live to Tell

From Got Your 6 champion, Peter Berg (Lone Survivor), Live to Tell is an intimate look into the triumphs and sacrifices the U.S. Special Forces have experienced on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Live to Tell displays post-war resilience among amputees.

Max

While this project has a few questionable portrayals, at its core, it espouses service. Written by Sheldon Lettich, a military veteran himself, the lead veteran character is realistic and multi-dimensional.

Saturday Night Live: Adam Driver

Saturday Night Live host Adam Driver opens the show with a self-deprecating mention of his service before becoming an actor. There are very few successful actors with a background of military service in this day and age, and Adam also has founded a veteran nonprofit of his own.

Shooter

Based on the film and book, Bob Lee Swagger, a decorated Marine Sniper, living in self-imposed exile after a mission gone wrong, re-enters society when he receives intelligence of an attempt to assassinate the president. Set to premiere in August on USA, this unfinished cut of the pilot is currently being reshot with a few recast roles. Got Your 6 supporter Ryan Phillippe stars.

Marvel's Daredevil

The Punisher insists that his legal representation not perpetuate stereotypes about veterans and PTSD in order to defend his actions.

The West Texas Investors Club

With the help of the West Texas Investors Club, an entrepreneur realizes that hiring skilled veterans will help grow his business.

6 Certified Projects: November 2015

Bojack Horseman

For Bojack’s strong opinion that veterans should not be labeled heroes across the board and that the population is diverse and reflective of society at large. Tornante, Netflix

Gotham

For the accurate portrayal of the protagonist of the program, James Gordon, as a special forces veteran who applies his skills gained in service to ridding Gotham of crime. WB TV, Fox

Jurassic World

For Chris Pratt who plays a Navy veteran who saves lives and protects humans from escaped dinosaurs utilizing his training and technique from the service. Universal Pictures

Lone Target

For Navy SEAL Joel Lambert as he eludes teams of the world’s most elite military and law enforcement tracking teams using diversionary tactics and survival techniques in this unscripted reality program. Discovery

Madam Secretary

For the character who plays the Secretary’s husband teaching military ethics at the war college, utilizing his training to educate and empower his students to wage good. CBS

This Old House

For their episode where the community comes together for a specially adapted project for a veteran’s home, shining a light on the capabilities of amputees, such as hand cycling and triathlon competitions, rather than treating them as charity cases. PBS

Triumph Games

The Triumph Games to tell the stories of success of 12 world class veteran athletes and is a new competition that challenges the athletes in unique sports and locations, including a triathlon, E-Sports and motor sports. All of the athletes are developing their own story lines through the experience of rigorous training, meeting and developing relationships with the top coaches in the nation, and engaging with fans from broad audiences. NBC

6 Certified Projects: June 2015

American Sniper

For its multi-dimensional portrayal of the life of Navy SEAL veteran Chris Kyle, who is presented as both a family man and community volunteer. Warner Bros. Pictures

Amira & Sam

For featuring a lead character who, in the course of an unlikely romance with an Iraqi immigrant, translates his military training into a positive civilian role back at home. Drafthouse Films

Dancing with the Stars (Season 10)

For including contestant Noah Galloway, an Army veteran and double amputee whose “No Excuses” attitude challenges common misconceptions of veterans as broken. ABC

Hawaii Five-0 (Episode 5.18)

For portraying its veteran characters as a leaders and problem solvers. Notably, character Steven “Steve” J. McGarrett, a former Navy SEAL, applies his operational training as the leader of a police task force. CBS

Modern Family (Episode 6.22)

For providing a balanced depiction of veterans through Ed O’Neill’s character, Jay Pritchett, who served in the Navy. Ed is proud of his service but not defined by it. ABC

The Night Shift (Episode 2.12)

For portraying veteran characters who use skills they learned in the military to save lives, and for collaborating with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on a recent episode that explored post-traumatic growth and resilience among veterans. NBC