Radioactive Veteran

Logline: A documentary short about the military's nuclear testing in the 1950s and its consequences for one veteran and his widow.

Synopsis: "Radioactive Veteran" is a documentary short about Marine Corps veteran Donald Guy and his widow Mary. When Donald was serving in the early 1950s, the military ordered him to the Nevada Test Site, where they had begun conducting nuclear testing. A few years later, Donald began experiencing serious medical issues resulting from radiation exposure and soon became disabled. For the rest of his life, he fought for disability benefits with Veterans Affairs, but in 2009 he died before receiving his due compensation. However, Mary would not give up, and she continued Donald's fight for the next seven years.

  • Mark Wampler
  • Bradley Bethel
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Military, History
  • Runtime:
    26 minutes 1 second
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    St. George, UT
    United States
    September 6, 2016
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Skyline Indie Film Fest
    Winchester, VA
    United States
    September 9, 2016
    East Coast Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, NC
    United States
    September 23, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Indigo Moon Film Festival
    Fayetteville, NC
    United States
    October 8, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Tryon International Film Festival
    Tryon, NC
    United States
    October 9, 2016
    Official Selection
  • Longleaf Film Festival
    Raleigh, NC
    United States
    May 13, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Glass City Film Festival
    Toledo, OH
    United States
    May 19, 2017
    Midwest Premiere
    Best Documentary
Director Biography - Mark Wampler

Director Mark Wampler is an Iraq War veteran and attorney in Durham, North Carolina. He began working on "Radioactive Veteran" while in law school at North Carolina Central University, serving in a law clinic for veterans.

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