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Service: When Women Come Marching Home
US, 2012, 55 minutes, Color, DVD, English
Order No. W131097
Women make up 15 percent of today's military. That number is expected to double in 10 years. SERVICE highlights the resourcefulness of seven amazing women who represent the first wave of mothers, daughters and sisters returning home from the frontless wars of Iraq and Afghanistan. Portraying the courage of women veterans as they transition from active duty to their civilian lives, this powerful film describes the horrific traumas they have faced, the inadequate care they often receive on return, and the large and small accomplishments they work mightily to achieve.

These are the stories we hear about from men returning from war, but rarely from women veterans. Through compelling portraits, we watch these women wrestle with prostheses, homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma. The documentary takes the audience on a journey from the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq to rural Tennessee and urban New York City, from coping with amputations, to flashbacks, triggers and depression to ways to support other vets. An eye-opening look at the specific challenges facing women veterans with a special focus on the disabled, SERVICE can be used for courses in military studies, women’s studies, peace and conflict courses and veteran support groups.


NY Emmy Award Winner for Best Military Program
Chargin Falls Documenta Film Festival - Honourable Mention, Best Feature Documentary

  • San Antonio Film Festival

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    3 1/2 stars..."Highly Recommended"
    Video Librarian

    "Highly recommended…an excellent probe of PTSD among female veterans, along with a broad analysis of the hurdles encountered by women in our armed services."
    Library Journal

    “Without doubt, the most powerful film I’ve seen about women veterans. It tears you to pieces to watch it and restores your soul . . . all at the same time. It’s a documentary about hope. It’s the best film you haven’t seen yet. Tell everyone you know about it."
    Wendi Goodman
    18-year Army veteran, author of One Weary Soldier blog

    "The film stuns. These women veterans show extraordinary character and resolve as they deal with unforgiving injuries, and a culture dull with ignorance. Hawk or dove, we need to understand and appreciate this special group."
    Associate English Professor Nancy Nevins
    Pierce and Glendale Colleges, CA

    “This work is a delicately balanced portrayal of our women warriors' battles and victories over insurmountable odds...a must see!"
    Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos
    Director, Washington State Dept. of Veteran Affairs

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