In 2011, actress Veronica Simpson was involved in a film titled, “All Wars End” which was written and directed by Carlos Londono, to promote awareness for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her character in the film was the wife of a marine who suffered from this disorder. It was a small role but it reminded her of her own past in which she dealt with PTSD. “At this moment, I was inspired to share my history hoping it could help others understand that they are not alone,” said Veronica.
Motivated by her own story and her passion to help others, this year Veronica Simpson started her company, “DIVACA Productions” to produce her first film “The Ultimate Sacrifice,” also a movie to help promote awareness for PTSD.
Lissette Rondon, Founder of Miami Fashion Spotlight, got an exclusive interview with her, where Veronica talked about her movie “The Ultimate Sacrifice,” the illness PTSD, her mission, her goals and more…
LR-Tell us about your debut as producer with your new film “The Ultimate Sacrifice?”
“I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to debut a film that will help promote awareness for PTSD, alongside the amazing actor Dan Aykroyd,” said Veronica. “It is such an honor to have his full support, it truly is a dream come true to have a well-respected actor on my side.”
LR-Is it true that this film is based on your own PTSD story?
“Yes, I was inspired to share my story when I filmed the movie “All Wars End” in November 2011; I hope that my story will help others understand they are not alone. Help is offered if they seek it, and it is so important to try to get help as soon as they have been diagnosed, “added Veronica. “My mission is to help people with this disorder realize that they are not the only ones who suffer, their family does too.”
|Lissette Rondon interviewing Veronica Simpson.
LR- Could you tell us a little more about the illness PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)?
“Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after you have been through a traumatic event. This disorder is a serious illness and more of society needs to be aware of it. 70% of adults in the U.S. have experienced some type of traumatic event at least once in their lifetime. Today, 31.3 million people are struggling with PTSD,” said Veronica. “In the past year the number of diagnosed cases in the military jumped 50%, and that’s just diagnosed cases. Studies estimate that 1 in every 5 military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan has PTSD; about 20% of the Marines and Soldiers who have been deployed in the past 6 years have PTSD,” added Veronica.
LR- How can people help you to accomplish your mission and goal?
LR- Why did you move to Miami?
“I studied at the ‘University of San German’ and made the best decision after winning a dance competition produced by Will Smith. I won an all expenses paid trip to Miami for a week and fell in love with the city. The following year, I was accepted to study at Florida International University and moved to Miami. After college, I decided to enter the Air Force where I currently work in the Chaplain Program,” said Veronica.
LR- Tell us about your experience as an actress?
“I was only 3 years old when I made my first commercial, and 8 years old when I debuted in the theater musical Annie. At 10 years old I shot my first film, playing the role of a principal in New York. The entertainment industry has always been my passion. I returned a year and a half later taking acting classes at Act True (Process Uta Hagen) and Burt Reynolds’s Institute of Film and Theater (BRIFT). I have worked in films such as “Rock of Ages,” with Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones; “Step-Up 4,” and “Magic Mike,” with Channing Tatum. I also worked on the series “Charlie’s Angels,” and “The Glades on” A & E, “Burn Notice” on USA, “Magic City” on Starz, and “The Finder,” as well as television soap operas such as “One You Look,” “The Phantom of Helena,” and “Aurora” on Telemundo, added Veronica.
LR- It is true that you wanted to become a pilot?
“My whole intention in joining the Air Force was to become a pilot. Unfortunately I do not have depth perception which is highly important to have for any type of flying job in the military. I was crushed but I became Maintenance Production Manager to be close to the aircrafts,” added Veronica.
LR- Could you define your work and yourself with just 3 words?
“Faith, hope, and love.”
“I dedicate this film to all our military men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and keep fighting today within the battlefield of their mind.”