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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!
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.