Friday, November 16, 2012

Service Women's Action Network event

From Rebekah Havrilla of the NOW NYS Young Feminist Task Force:


SWAN and the YWCA of Brooklyn Presents Screening of "Service: When Women Come Marching Home"


On November 14, a group of approximately 50 people gathered at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn for an evening dedicated to learning more about the issues that women veterans face after leaving military service.  The evening began with a screening of "Service: When Women Come Marching Home" and was followed by a panel moderated by Rachel Natelson from SWAN.  The panelists included Patti Stotter who directed and produced the film, Brigette McCoy who was featured in the film and Anu Bhagwati who is the executive director or SWAN and a veteran. 


"Service" documents the struggles of numerous women veterans after they leave the service.  The issues addressed range from homelessness, military sexual trauma, navigating the VA as a double amputee to the legalities around service dogs for veterans who have 'hidden' wounds.  The movie does a good job of highlighting the diversity of the women within the veteran community and the myriad of issues that they face.   The panelists addressed questions about 'best practices' in helping with reintegration, personal feelings about Veterans Day and what changes in policy they would like to see within the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense.  After the panel, everyone was able to network and get to know each other while enjoying cupcakes and beverages donated by Fluff and Stuff.

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