Weight of Honor Film Screening
You are invited to join the St. Charles City-County Library and Caregivers on the Homefront for an intimate look at the journey of military and veteran caregivers. Included in the free event is a resource fair, snacks and beverages as well as a question and answer panel after the screening with the film's producer, Stephanie Seldin Howard, Gina Hill, who is one of the caregivers in the film, and other local veteran caregivers. May is the month of the military and veteran caregiver! Military and Veteran caregivers in attendance will recieve a special gift from the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Caregivers on the Homefront.
The Weight of Honor is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of families caring for their catastrophically wounded returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Over the course of five years we follow the arc of what happens when some of America's best and strongest volunteer to protect our nation, but return home physically and emotionally broken and disillusioned. What happens when they return is not only a personal journey but also that of their family caregivers who have no training other than the love for their wounded. What does it take for a mother to guide her young son through a painful rehabilitation from severe burns and amputation? How does a young child comfort his father who is a shell of himself, fearful of even their own home? Who has the strength to wash the wounds of her catastrophically burned husband when he howls in pain with every drop of water? What responsibility weighs on a young wife who must now care for her war-wounded husband as well as their newborn baby? Our military does not prepare families for the return of a wounded warrior. The Weight of Honor tells their stories of strength, exhaustion, conflict, and even humor as they chart a course through the unknown. As a community we oftentimes don't look past the wounded veteran to their family who is selflessly taking care of them. This film highlights those sacrifices the family makes when war comes home. Come out and show your support for the veterans and family members in your community and hear directly from them about their struggles navigating this journey and how you can be of assistance! This film is being brought to you through a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the St. Charles County-City Library https://www.mylibrary.org/ and Caregivers on the Homefront.
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DISCLAIMER - SOME SCENES IN THE FILM CAN BE TRIGGERING FOR VETERANS.