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March 9, 2017
From the American Legion:
March 8, 2017
Last night, MetroFocus aired a segment about Soldier On: Life After Deployment before it premiered on Channel 13:
December 5, 2016
I am really honored to host this event this evening. As we all take a look at the unique contributions and challenges that female service members and veterans face during their transitions from uniformed service to their civilian communities because caring for our veterans when they return home is an issue that I feel very strongly about.
And about Susan Sipprelle, director of Soldier On, Senator Patty Murray said:
She’s really shed a light on the sacrifices that female service members and veterans make through this film, Soldier On.
November 5, 2016
On Thursday, Nov. 4, Natasha Young, retired Marine staff sergeant and one of the three main characters in Soldier On: Life After Deployment, and Sue Sipprelle, director, were interviewed by Dr. Suzanne Phillips on Voice America.
In the back and forth with radio host, Dr. Suzanne Phillips, Sue Sipprelle discusses the reason that she chose to make this documentary and the impact of sharing the personal journeys of these veteran women. Veteran Natasha Young offers the personal view of her painful and challenging journey to assimilate back into today’s society and her new mission of working with veterans at home.
Please click here to listen to the interview.
October 4, 2016
Soldier On: Life After Deployment is an official selection of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival!
The Fifth Annual San Francisco Veterans Film Festival
Saturday & Sunday, November 12th & 13th, 2016
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
Free of Charge
October 2, 2016
“Soldier On – Life After Deployment. The film provides a vivid depiction of serving in the military through the lens of its female service members. The women in Soldier On highlight the social, physical and mental dissimilarities as compared to their male counterparts. Soldier On takes a critical look into female service members transitioning from military life back to the civilian world; emphasizing the importance of: gateway programs for women and female veteran advocacy. The Rhode Island Office of Veterans Affairs is unwavering to ensure that every female veteran as an opportunity to make it in Rhode Island.”
– Kasim Yarn, Director, Rhode Island Office of Veteran Affairs
Soldier On: Life After Deployment Screening and Panel Discussion on Monday, Sept. 26 in Providence, RI
September 19, 2016
Soldier On: Life After Deployment Screening and Panel Discussion
The Providence VA Medical Center at 830 Chalkstone Ave. in Providence will host a screening of the documentary “Soldier On: Life After Deployment” on Monday, Sept. 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the fifth-floor auditorium in the main building. A panel discussion and Q&A session moderated by Kasim Yarn, director of the Rhode Island Department of Veterans Affairs, will follow.
The film portrays the challenges experienced by three female soldiers readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service. Those challenges included the disintegration of their relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, health problems, military sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and employment difficulties. “Forever changed by their military service, the women adapt to find a new place in the civilian world,” said the film’s director, Susan Sipprelle.
Panelists include: Amanda Tejada, a Rhode Island veteran featured in the film; Dr. Lauren Schlanger (Women’s Health, Providence VA Medical Center); Judith Berger (Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, Providence VA Medical Center); Erin Butler (OEF/OIF Program Manager, Transitional Care Management, Providence VA Medical Center); and, Sherry Elderkin (Transitional/Permanent Housing and Special Projects Manager, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island).
The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so attendees are asked to reserve a seat by emailing VHAProPublicAffairs@va.gov before the event. Light refreshments will be provided.
August 29, 2016
A brave and honest look at the modern “woman warrior”—this film will be familiar to those who lived it and an eye opener for those who have not and seek to understand the contributions and experiences of women in combat.
August 3, 2016
“SOLDIER ON: LIFE AFTER DEPLOYMENT shows the exact reason why “cookie – cutter solutions” will not work for female veterans. Just because a solution may have worked with male veterans, female veterans internalize their emotions and experiences differently,” wrote Kimberly Mitchell, Easterseals Dixon Center President and Co-founder.
Kim’s 17 years of service in the U.S. Navy included a commission as a Surface Warfare Officer, service aboard several surface Navy combatant warships, and multiple shore tours in Washington, D.C. Her last active duty assignment, which began in 2010, was Deputy Director for the Office of Warrior and Family Support in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Kim’s remarkable life story began in Vietnam in 1972. A a South Vietnamese soldier carried the infant, whose mother had died, to an orphanage. On his perilous 60-mile journey to deliver the baby to safety, he named her “Precious Pearl.” Eventually, she was adopted by an American family from Wisconsin, where she was raised on a farm. Later, she graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and rose to become Lieutenant Commander before she helped found the Easterseals Dixon Center that provides resources and support to veterans and military families.
To read more of Mitchell’s life story and see photos of her 2013 reunion with the soldier who saved her life in Vietnam, please click here.
We are thrilled that SOLDIER ON resonates with Kim, based on her life experiences and her work on behalf of veterans!