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A film by Catie Foertsch, Travis Weiner and Tommy Furlong

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were and are meatgrinders, destroying bodies, minds, and lives. This destruction – paid for with our tax dollars – is not glorious, and is not right, despite what our leaders told the troops and what they told the American public. Service members and their families, and the civilians in these countries, didn’t deserve the shattering of bodies and minds that occurred in both wars and is still occurring, especially because these wars were wars of choice, not necessity. This is the story Meatgrinder will tell, through the voices of combat veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Executive producers: Travis Weiner and Tommy Furlong
Producer: Catie Foertsch

Travis Weiner served with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from 2004-2009. During that time, he deployed twice to Iraq. Both deployments were to rural farmland areas outside of Baghdad. Travis left the army in 2009 as a Sergeant.

Tommy Furlong served as an Infantry Officer with 3rd Battalion 6th Marine Regiment from 2008-2011. During that time he deployed to Marjeh, Afghanistan as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Weapons Platoon Commander and Fire Support Team Leader. Tommy left the Marine Corps in 2011 as a Captain.   

Catie Foertsch is an award-winning video producer.

Why Meatgrinder is important

It is our belief that the best way to support the troops is to tell the truth about the cost of fighting these wars, and that this form of supporting the troops is all too often missing in the popular culture and mindset. The only ones who know the real cost are the families of those who died, and the combat troops and local civilians whose lives are forever changed due to physical injury, mental injury, and moral injury. Our government sent our troops to fight, and we owe it to them to understand the price they paid and continue to pay every day

Like so many veterans, we believe that if we were honest about why we fight wars like these, and what it was like, our country would fight far fewer wars than we do.

Our goal is to reach as many people as we can with this film, including:

  • Combat veterans, to validate their experiences
  • Taxpayers, so they understand the damage to bodies and minds their taxes are funding
  • Young men and women who are considering joining the military, so they have better information about the potential cost of becoming soldiers  

Why donate

We are so grateful for every donation, because we need your help and your support to make this film. Please donate – in memory of those who died, in solidarity with those who came back injured in body and mind, and in recognition of those civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan who must live with the death and destruction wrought by these wars.

Associated Members

Catie Foertsch, Independent Filmmaker