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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!
July 20, 2016
On Sunday, July 17 we held a private showing of Soldier On: Life After Deployment for Natasha Young, one of the film’s three main characters, and her family and friends. Natasha, a former Marine, deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007.
July 11, 2016
In December 2015, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that women would no longer be barred from combat jobs in the U.S. armed forces. The welcome change opened 220,000 new infantry, armor, reconnaissance and special operations jobs to women, improving their opportunities for military pay increases and career advancement.
The policy reversal acknowledged and ratified the reality of war that many women over the past 14 years have experienced when they deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan – they have been on the front lines. It also reflects changing American demographics and the complex nature of conflict in the world today. Many people believe that opening up the military to women is a social experiment driven by a liberal or feminist agenda. In fact, the military needs women. It could not fill its recruitment quotas without them and it needs the diversity they bring to the armed forces to cope with a changing world…
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May 30, 2016
On Tuesday, May 31, the Veterans Center at Bergen Community College in Paramus, NJ will host the first test screening of Soldier On: Life After Deployment. Student veterans as well as Veteran Center faculty and staff will watch the documentary and offer their feedback.
It’s an exciting step as we get closer to releasing our film about women veterans and their readjustment to civilian life.
April 21, 2016
“Watching Soldier On with Sue was both telling and healing for me. I was wrought with so many raw emotions but my most prominent feeling was relief and gratitude because finally someone got it right!”
February 12, 2016
The Aging Workforce: Challenges and Benefits for the Public’s Health was held on Thursday, 2/16 at The Forum, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. During the discussion on agism in the workplace, a clip from Over 50 and Out of Work was showcased. The clip was taken from Stephen Murphy’s interview.
February 10, 2016
This evening, we were contacted about this Harvard event, and some Over 50 and Out of Work interviews may end up as part of the webcast.
Please take a look at the live webcast from 12:30 to 1:30 pm tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 11.
January 5, 2016
“I had no other choice; I had no other choice,” said Natasha Young, about her enlistment in the Marines at age eighteen in 1999.
Click here to read our most recent story related to Soldier On: Life After Deployment (documentary to be released in 2016), which was published in the 2016 Winter issue of Stay Thirsty Magazine.
December 10, 2015
Attended the wonderful New York Women in Film & Television Muse awards today!
The NYWIFT 2015 honorees: actors Blythe Danner (photo, left) , Gabourey Sidibe and Patricia Clarkson; Victoria Alonso, Executive Vice President for Physical Production at Marvel Studios; and Sarah Barnett, President and General Manager of BBC America. The Loreen Arbus Changemaker Award was presented to comedian and writer Lizz Winstead. Actress and CBS commentator Nancy Giles emceed the ceremony.