Struggle of returning female veterans is showcased in film playing July 29By DAN SEUFERT
Union Leader Correspondent
July 16. 2014 10:54PM
TILTON — The familiar refrain from the Civil War song for soldiers returning home is “when Johnny comes marching home again, hurrah! hurrah!”
But what happens when Jane comes marching home?
The New Hampshire Veterans Home will be highlighting the struggles of female veterans to readjust to normal lives after returning from military service with a documentary video and a panel discussion on Tuesday, July 29, at 2 p.m.
The program is free and open to the public.
The video is the award-winning “Service: When Women Come Marching Home,” a presentation by independent filmmakers Marcia Rock and Patricia Lee Stotter.
The film highlights a group of disabled female veterans as they struggle with problems from amputations and prosthetics to homelessness, post-traumatic stress, and military sexual trauma as they transition from active duty back to civilian life.
Told through women’s voices during everyday activities in kitchens, grocery stores and therapy sessions, the film is intended as a wake-up call for the civilian population to the challenges female veterans face returning from duty.
“Women tend to come back with more post-traumatic stress than men do,” Stotter said.
Women veterans face most of the same problems men face, and then a few more, Stotter said. They deal with physical injuries, post-traumatic stress, and sexual trauma from having been in a male-dominated environment, she said.
“And then there’s the problem of the home caregiver who comes home again and now needs care herself,” Stotter said.
Distribution of the film is backed by the national organization of the Disabled American Veterans.
More information on the film and sample trailers are available at www.servicethefilm.com.
After the hour-long film is shown, the home will host a panel discussion on the changing roles of women in the military.
For directions to the home, visit the home’s website at www.nh.gov/veterans.