Catherine Whitneyâ€™s brother, Vietnam veteran Jim Schuler, died at just fifty-three years old, while living in a flophouse. It had been sixteen years since, in one of his drunken rages, he had last seen his family. He was one of countless veterans who never recovered from the trauma of war and the stress of returning to live in a country that didnâ€™t care about his pain.The story of what happened to Whitneyâ€™s brother resonates with humanity and has a clear relevance to current national concerns. Soldiers Once puts a very human face on veteransâ€™ policies, finding in Whitneyâ€™s personal drama a broader significance. It is both an investigation into her brotherâ€™s loss and a meditation on the lost dreams of our military brotherhood.