“American Sniper” and an episode of “Modern Family” are among the first projects feted — as part of the Got Your 6 campaign — for accurately depicting veterans in the media.
The formal recognition is part of the “6 Certified” initiative, started by Got Your 6 to challenge Hollywood executives to create more considerate narratives surrounding the military and their families. The initiative was highlighted by First Lady Michelle Obama at an event earlier this year.
“Through ‘6 Certified’ we can battle the stereotypes and misconceptions about veterans that so often dominate popular culture, while drawing attention to projects that portray veterans reasonably and accurately,” said Chris Marvin, executive director of Got Your 6. “Each of the selected projects helps to craft a new cultural narrative with an asset-focused view of veterans.”
In order to become “6 Certified” a program must adhere to at least one of the following six rules:
1. Research or consult with real veterans, family members, or subject matter experts in an effort to create accurate representations
2. Hire a veteran actor to play a substantial role
3. Employ a veteran writer to contribute to the narrative
4. Develop a multi-dimensional veteran character
5. Develop a narrative with meaningful and accurate veteran themes
6. Have veterans present for consultation throughout the filmmaking process
The other programs to be honored are “Amira and Sam,” the 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and episodes of “Hawaii Five-0″ and NBC’s “The Night Shift.”