GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-
A local writer recently received some good news. Stephen Reay, author of the book "The Forgotten Veterans," just found out his book will become a movie, and will soon enter the pre-production phase.
While working as a recreational therapist for 30 years in a veteran’s hospital, Reay kept track of different stories told by his patients. He turned them all into a book about not only hope and tragedy, but also courage.
“What inspired me were the patients that we had for 10 to 50 years,” said Reay, who served in the armed forces himself. “They are wonderful people that served their country and I feel like their stories really need to come around.”
The retired author is more than thrilled his fans will see his book come to life on the big screen.
“When you start something like this you have to look at it like an adventure. It’s not really a job," said Reay.
There is, however, one important thing the Grand Junction resident wants to see happen. "I would like them to keep the title because that word ‘forgotten’ is real meaningful. Those guys are forgotten. They don't go home to their families and their jobs. They're in this hospital.”
Reay adds he’s confident the movie will continue to show the human interest side of these veterans, just like in his book.
You can find a copy of his book at Hastings in Grand Junction, and by clicking here.
Reay also holds a book signing at Starvin Arvin’s in Clifton on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until noon.