Retired Marine sergeant Christian Ellis has turned his tour of duty in Iraq and the aftermath of returning home with post-traumatic stress disorder into an opera titled Fallujah. This is the first opera based on the war, and offers startling, musical insight into the mind of a vet struggling with PTSD, and how it affects those around him.
Ellis' experience as a machine gunner in Iraq in 2004, during the bloodiest part of the war, left him with both physical and emotional damage. He suffered a broken back when his platoon was ambushed, and was one of the few survivors. Upon his return to this country, Ellis attended multiple retreats and events for veterans, hoping they would help him move on.