Thursday May 16, 2013

PUTNEY -- Marking Armed Forces Day, the highly acclaimed film, "Service: When Women Come Marching Home" (servicethefilm.com) will be shown on Saturday at 7 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill.

The film portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life, following them as they overcome psychological trauma, severe physical injury, military sexual assault and the challenge of receiving care and benefits.

"From the deserts of Afghanistan to rural Tennessee, from Iraq to New York City, we follow these women as they wrestle with prosthetics, homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma. The documentary shares their stories through their own voices as they speak from kitchens, bedrooms, grocery stores and therapy sessions. The pictures and videos they shot in Iraq and Afghanistan are included and they speak volumes," say co-producers Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter.

Following the film a panel discussion will take place with the audience. Stotter will be joined by Judy Atwood-Bell, a retired Army sergeant from Hudson, N.H., who now advocates for veterans with PTSD.

The event is free to all military personnel and veterans. A donation of $10 is suggested for others. For more information, contact nextstagearts@gmail.com or call 802-387-0102.


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