Veteran film fest honors female veterans as part of Women’s History Month

03.18.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

As part of Women’s History Month, the Veterans in Our Community Film Festival will show the documentary “SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home” on March 25.

Screened at the nation’s capital, this documentary portrays the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian lives. The film shows the horrific traumas they faced, their invisible as well as physical injuries, and all their challenges in receiving benefits and care.

According to the film, women comprise 14 percent of today's military forces. That number is expected to double in 10 years. “SERVICE” gives audiences a glimpse into life after war for these women, from wrestling with prosthetics, homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and dealing with Military Sexual Trauma. “SERVICE” introduces the issues faced by this wave of mothers, daughters, and sisters as they return home.

Social media has enabled “SERVICE” to grow into a larger project that continues to support women through open and closed Facebook groups where women can exchange information, find friendship, and share solutions that have changed their lives.

“SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home” will be shown on Tuesday, March 25 at 1 p.m., in the San Jacinto College South Campus student center banquet room. The film will be part of a Women’s History Month mini-conference featuring a guest speaker from The Bridge Over Troubled Waters organization along with information on its “Clothesline Project”; guest speaker Marilyn Harris, director of the Women Veterans Business Center; and a female veteran panel discussion with student and faculty veterans. The min-conference will be held in the student center banquet room from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prior to the screening of “SERVICE,” an additional screening of “The Invisible War” will be shown at 12 p.m., in the South Campus Interactive Learning Center (ILC) Kaleidoscope Room. “The Invisible War” is a powerful documentary that discusses sexual assault in the military through the stories of both male and female survivors.

On March 31, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., a panel discussion, “San Jacinto College Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment,” will be held in the South Campus Interactive Learning Center Kaleidoscope Room.

The South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. All Veterans in Our Community Film Festival showings, the Women’s History Month mini-conference and the panel discussion, are free and open to the public.

 

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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

 

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