TACOMA — A new documentary film about disabled female veterans making the transition from active duty to civilian life will be shown at University of Washington Tacoma on Monday, May 13, 2013, from 6 to 8 pm.
The film—“Service: When Women Come Marching Home”—is by Marcia Rock, an independent filmmaker, and Patricia Lee Stotter, a composer and writer for television, film, theater and interactive media.
The screening at UW Tacoma will be accompanied by a community discussion of issues faced by returning female veterans. Panel participants will include filmmaker Marcia Rock; Angela Arellano, one of the women veterans featured in the film; Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, the deputy director of Washington State’s Department of Veterans Affairs; Seattle VA Hospital Women Veteran program manager Jan Buchanan and Bellingham psychologist and PTSD expert Bridget Cantrell.
The documentary features seven women who fought the “frontless” wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and who now struggle to recover from devastating physical injuries and PTSD. In their own voices, the women share their pride in functioning as fully accepted and contributing members of military units, their pain dealing with military sexual trauma or battlefield violence, and their determination to return to their roles as mothers and wives.
UW Tacoma is hosting the film and the discussion as part of its ongoing commitment to the active military and veteran community in the Puget Sound region. The screening is sponsored by DAV – Disabled American Veterans, and is also supported by UW Tacoma’s Office of the Chancellor, Diversity Resource Center and Office of Veteran and Military Services.
The film screening and panel discussion are free, but registration is required. Online registration is available at tacoma.uw.edu/service-film.
What: Screening of documentary film “Service: When Women Come Marching Home” followed by community panel discussion
When: Monday, May 13, 2013, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: William W. Philip Hall, UW Tacoma campus
Sponsor: DAV – Disabled American Veterans
Supported by: UW Tacoma Office of the Chancellor, Diversity Resource Center, Office of Veteran and Military Services