Warrior Bonfire Program series now streaming on Amazon Prime

Published 2:22 pm Thursday, February 13, 2020

A Vicksburg charity organization is now streaming on a version of the “big screen.”

The Warrior Bonfire Program announced this week the first episode of the television show “Warrior Bonfire” is available on Amazon Prime Video.

WBP is a charity organization committed to providing opportunities that improve the lives of Purple Heart recipients on their life long journey of recovery and healing by providing activity-based retreats that encourage the therapeutic healing of peer-to-peer group conversations in a stress-free environment.

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The organization was founded in Vicksburg by Dan and Hunter Fordice and has locations in Colorado, Florida, Lousiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The Amazon Prime series is scheduled to have six episodes, although WBP President Lt. Col. Mike Foss said there is an option to produce more if there is enough interest.

The series was produced by Nik Coleman of Coleman Television LLC.

“One of our founders, Dan Fordice, saw a film produced by Nik Coleman and was so impressed that he felt Nik could make a film regarding the Warrior Bonfire Program,” Foss said. “After talking about it, Nik felt a series would be better.”

According to Amazon Prime Video’s description of the series, Warrior Bonfire “follows Purple Heart recipients as they converge in small groups and venues across the United States to share companionship, activities and most importantly, their stories with comrades. Many are suffering the deepest wound of all — PTSS, and all (seek) refuge and reassurance with their comrades in this hard-hitting, emotional but ultimately life-affirming series.”

PTSS stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms. Foss encourages the public to use the term “Post-Traumatic Stress” instead of PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Many people feel the word disorder is inaccurate and negative,” Foss said. “What I try to do is simply use Post-Traumatic Stress as there is negativity around PTSD and confusion with PTSS. I ask you to do the same.”

The series features both Foss and Fordice and is designed to show the nation how Wounded Warriors learn to heal from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress through bonding with their brothers and sisters in arms in the great outdoors.

To find the series, visit www.primevideo.com and search for “Warrior Bonfire.” Amazon Prime members can watch the series for free. Those who do not subscribe to Amazon Prime can buy an HD version of the episode for $1.99. Proceeds from HD purchases will first go toward compensating the producer of the series. Once the producer has been paid, the proceeds will go to the Warrior Bonfire Program.

The Warrior Bonfire Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are used to support veteran participants and their families and are tax-deductible. For more information, go to www.warriorbonfireprogram.org.

About Catherine Hadaway

Catherine Hadaway, as The Vicksburg Post’s publisher, oversees the business operations of the newspaper. She is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Business and Religion. She is a Director of Boone Newsmedia, Inc., the family company that owns The Post. Catherine comes from a long line of newspaper publishers, starting with her grandfather, Buford Boone, who served as publisher of The Tuscaloosa News and earned journalism's highest honor when he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1957 for his editorial titled "What a Price for Peace." Catherine is a member of The Rotary Club of Vicksburg, Junior Auxiliary of Vicksburg, The Heritage Guild, The Sampler Antique Club and The Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Executive Committee.

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