Spotlight on Served Like a Girl at Putnam County Library May 14th

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Join us for this week’s Get Ready To Learn radio show as host Cindy Putman, WCTE’s Ready To Learn Project Manager is joined by Kristy Keeling, WCTE’s Education and Community Impact Manager for a discussion on the upcoming free screening at the Putnam County Library on Monday, May 14th at 5:30 p.m.

**ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THIS FREE EVENT.**

Keeling shares how Director Lysa Heslov's powerful documentary, SERVED LIKE A GIRL, follows several American women who were wounded in action and are now transitioning from soldier to civilian after serving their country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, these remarkable women harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges they face, through the MS. VETERAN AMERICA competition.

Balancing beauty and brawn, they are guided by event founder and veteran Major Jas Boothe, using the competition to regain their identities and way of life that they sacrificed in foreign wars.  It is an engaging and honest look at an often unseen veteran reality.

Having served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nichole, Hope, Rachel and Andrea know that, for many, the war isn't over. They are concerned and want to do something for the 55,000 homeless women veterans, whose stories mirror their own.

 Their stories build through riveting drama to the grand finale of the Ms. Veteran America event itself as they transform before our eyes and recover lost parts of self and identity. Leaving us with a deepened understanding of the diverse women who join the military and what happens to them when they return from war.

Curious about how the role of women in the United States military has changed over time? Visit Time Labs “Women in the Military” interactive tool. Consider that it was only three years ago, in 2015, that the Army permanently opened Ranger School to all women. This was just after two female soldiers graduated from the school for the first time.

Currently, all military occupations are open to women but this change only took place in 2016. This was the result of a 1994 rule that excluded women from direct combat assignments. Some recent stats showed that women account for 15.3% of active-duty personnel in the U.S. military. At the time these statistics were gathered, the Marines had the lowest percentage of women, at 7.6% and the Air Force and Navy had the highest percentage of women serving: 17.8% for the Navy, and 18.7% for the Air Force.

According to a report by Women In International Security, 255,000 additional positions were set to open to female service members in 2016.

This film can help start an important conversation about female veterans, their identity and the stories they want to tell as they are redefining themselves.

According to the website Task and Purpose, these are five things that female veterans want people to know:

1. A veteran is a veteran, no matter their gender.

2. Women veterans have unique healthcare needs.

3. Women vets are held to a higher standard, but given less support.

4.Women veterans rise to all challenges.

5. We exist.

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Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.

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