Free Knox Museum event at Strand

Doc, discussion about female veterans

Feb 17, 2017
Amanda Tejada, US Army, pictured on patrol in Afghanistan in “Soldier On,” will attend the documentary’s screening at the Strand Theatre in Rockland.

Rockland — Knox Museum will kick off Women’s History Month with a special screening of the new film “Soldier On: Life After Deployment” (2016, USA) Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 265 Main St. A panel discussion with award-winning filmmaker Susan M. Sipprelle; two of the women featured in her film; and key Maine female veterans will immediately follow the screening.

Admission is free, and all are welcome to attend. This program is funded by the Walmart Foundation.

Sipprelle is a documentary filmmaker and founder of Tree of Life Productions, producer of the award-winning documentary “Set for Life” and the online project “Over 50 and Out of Work.” “Soldier On,” her most recent project, will make its debut on public television this year. She has been interviewed on network television about her previous films; and in 2011, she testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee about unemployment among older Americans. Sipprelle writes a regular column for StayThirsty.com and also has published articles in the Huffington Post, NextAvenue.org and The New York Times.

“Soldier On: Life After Deployment” documents the story of three female veterans confronting the challenges of readjusting to civilian life after their post-9/11 military service. The women in “Soldier On” are forthright about their many problems, while simultaneously managing to find moments of humor amidst their struggles and gradually reconnecting with the inner strength and resilience that has always defined them. Forever changed by their military service, the women adapt to find a new place in the civilian world.

The film presents these women’s compelling and illuminating stories in the context of a civilian population that has little appreciation for the experiences and sacrifices of female veterans, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. veteran population. The complete integration of women into the armed services, as well as their full access to veterans’ benefits and the veteran community, is a challenging work in process for the United States. “Soldier On: Life After Deployment” is part of that conversation and effort.

Natasha Young, USMC Staff Sgt. (Iraq 2005 and 2007) and US Army Sgt. Amanda Tejada (Afghanistan 2009) are two of the women featured in the film who will participate in the panel discussion following the screening; along with Joleen Lilley, OEF/OIF/OND Program Manager, at Togus VA; and Beth Parks, U.S. Army nurse (Vietnam 1966-67). The panel will be moderated by Maj. Adria O. Horn, director of Maine’s Bureau of Veterans Services. Horn, a West Point graduate, currently serves as a US Army Reservist with US Pacific Command; and has deployed in support of the Global War on Terror five times in her 14-year career. Mother of two, Horn met her husband in Baghdad, where each was serving on coalition security details. They live on a 91-acre yak farm outside of Augusta.

For additional information about this event, contact Knox Museum at 354-8062 or info@knoxmuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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