Yesterday was Veterans Day and the whole country celebrated those who served and those who currently serve. For some, however, honoring America’s vets is part of their daily lives. For David Boreanaz and the SEAL Team crew, paying tribute to those who served is part of their job.
The show focuses on one of the country’s most elite fighting forces and they want to make sure they get it right. To do that, they hire veterans to work behind the scenes. Those former military members serve as writers, directors, and producers. As a result, the series has a level of reality that audiences don’t see with many television shows.
These veterans don’t just help the action, dialogue, and gear on SEAL Team look more realistic. They also help to build the characters. They bring the truth of their experiences to the show so David Boreanaz and the rest of the crew can share it with the viewers. One of the major things that this series sheds light on that many others won’t touch is veteran mental health.
Most Americans know that those who serve our country pay a heavy price. Some, of course, make the ultimate sacrifice. The ones who make it home can have a wide range of injuries, scars, and more. However, some wounds are invisible and won’t heal without proper treatment. Even then, it’s an uphill battle. Things like post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury can completely change how one deals with life. This is true no matter how it happens. For soldiers, though it can be worse.
David Boreanaz, SEAL Team Shedding Light on Veteran Mental Health
Treating mental health carries a stigma for civilians and veterans. Thankfully, thousands of people are working to lift that stigma. Recently, David Boreanaz sat down with Entertainment Tonight to talk about SEAL Team. During that interview, he opened up about how their show sheds light on vets’ mental health.
“The veterans that are on our show, who have suffered from [PTSD and TBI] and have struggled with mental health, that reflects on our show,” David Boreanaz said. He went on to say that Chris Chulack had this goal in mind from day one. He wanted SEAL Team to stick as close to reality as possible.
Boreanaz added, “We’ve kept it real since day one and we’re continuing to do that. It gives a good insight into what these characters are going through, and at the end, it can shed some light into some dark corners of people who are suffering out there. So, that’s our biggest reward.”
SEAL Team recently moved from CBS to Paramount+. The move to streaming will allow the show to delve deeper into those dark corners and shine an even brighter light in them.