America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new population of veterans: service members so severely disabled they would have died in previous wars, but because of advanced battlefield tactics and medical technology they survive. American Veteran is a feature length documentary portrait of one such soldier, Army Sergeant Nick Mendes. At age 21, Nick was paralyzed from the neck down by a massive I.E.D. in Afghanistan. American Veteran follows Nick through the five year period after his injury and his sometimes harrowing, sometimes romantic, and often surprisingly funny life.