National live chat & online screening of Served Like a Girl

National live chat & online screening of Served Like a Girl

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Join us for a special live chat and online screening of Served Like a Girl, with filmmaker Lysa Heslov and film protagonists MA1 Hope Garcia and MSgt Denyse Gordon.

RSVP: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/rz9rh

Served Like a Girl, provides a candid look at several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries, and the aftermath of military sexual abuse, these amazing women find ways to adapt and overcome debilitating challenges through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition.

 

Lysa Heslov’s film gives a powerful and poignant look at a group of diverse female veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life. CPB, PBS, ITVS and partners have been committed to telling authentic stories about veterans and their transitions as they return home. Female service personnel often return to a stark reality, one that is rarely discussed or considered, which is why we would greatly appreciate your support in promoting and sharing this unique screening with your network and partners. 

 

We thank you for your ongoing support, and hope our work continues to spark conversations and engage audiences across the nation. 

 

This event is hosted by ITVS, in collaboration with Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB).

 

About the panelists

 

Lysa Heslov (Director/Producer), along with her husband, Academy Award-winning producer/writer/director Grant Heslov, founded Children Mending Hearts eight years ago, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering disadvantaged youth in the U.S. through educational and humanities programs that build empathy and global citizenry. 

 

Master-at-Arms First Class Hope Garcia served ten years in the Navy before being placed on the Permanent Disability Retired list. She struggles with PTSD and the trauma resulting from military sexual assault. But Hope continues to work for a better life for herself and her sons. At the time of filming Hope was working her way through school while attempting to build a career as a pin-up model. Through participating in the Ms. Veteran America competition, Hope was reunited with her mother and the two were able to start rebuilding their relationship. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

Master Sergeant Denyse Gordon comes from a family with a long and proud history of military and civic service. Her maternal grandfather served during WWII, her stepfather was a Vietnam- era veteran and served in the U.S. Navy, her sister is a U.S. Army Reserve Captain who is a veteran of both the Gulf War and Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom, her mother retired as an Executive Officer with the New York City Police Department Traffic Division, and Denyse, who is also an Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, is a 22-and-a-half-year U.S. Air Force Reserves Master Sergeant, having served 12 years on active duty. In 2012, she was crowned the first Ms. Veteran America and continues with the competition as its director. She lives in Northern Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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