For the past decade, Iraq War Veteran spouse and filmmaker Elena Miliaresis has had one mission: to tell the story of America’s military families. Spurred to action by her own experience with deployment, Miliaresis created the documentary While Time Stands Still which reveals the untold perspective of what it is like to be a family during wartime. Her film aired on PBS SOPTV.
Her in-depth investigation into effects of deployment has helped to shed light the long-term effects of war on families, including the Post Traumatic Stress, the Postpartum Depression, and the increased suicidal ideation in family members.
Elena’s previous experience includes directing and producing documentaries, news, reality, and biographies for television, including casting the Lifetime show Coming Home, producing, writing, and directing 14 episodes of the Emmy nominated True Hollywood Story at E! Entertainment, and producing at ABC Network News: World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Good Morning America, Nightline, and World News Now.
From appearances on NPR and PBS to classes at universities to Veterans organizations, Miliaresis uses her unique position as a spouse, filmmaker, and expert in the subject of family deployment to educate both families and professionals to perpetuate healing.