Film Screening "When I Came Home" Documentary of the Plight of Homeless Veterans

Jan 31 2007 - 7:00pm
Jan 31 2007 - 9:30pm

Event Description:

WHEN I CAME HOME is a film about homeless veterans in America: from those who served in Vietnam to those returning from the current war in Iraq. The film looks at the challenges faced by returning combat veterans and the battle many must fight for the benefits promised to them. 

Through the story of Herold Noel, an Iraq War veteran suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and living out of his car in Brooklyn, When I Came Home reveals a failing system and the veteran's struggle to survive after returning from the war. 

Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007
Film Screening 7:00pm — 8:30 pm
Question & Answer Forum 8:30—9:00 pm

The Historic
RIVER OAKS THEATER
2009 West Gray & Shepherd

Today in America, over 300,000 veterans are homeless.  Filmmaker Dan Lohaus set off across the country to document the lives of homeless veterans and listen to their stories.  Many told Lohaus that they had come back to America haunted by their memories of war, only to fight a new war at home. 

They spoke about returning from combat with overwhelming feelings of guilt and rage, about their nightmares and flashbacks, and about how difficult it was to simply readjust to a “normal life” in America. They spoke about losing their trust in the Veterans Administration and the American public. Nearly every homeless Vietnam veteran raised concerns about the new generation of soldiers returning home from combat in Iraq.

In late 2004, Lohaus found Iraq War veteran Herold Noel suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and living in his car in Brooklyn.  Suddenly, WHEN I CAME HOME became a film about history repeating itself.

Herold’s story had haunting similarities to those which Lohaus had heard from so many Vietnam veterans.  The film follows Herold’s struggle with homelessness and PTSD as he tries to get assistance from the V.A., city agencies, and different veteran’s organizations. 

With temperatures dropping in New York and Herold at his breaking point, Herold meets fellow vet Paul Rieckhoff, founder of the country’s largest Iraq veteran advocacy organization.

What follows is a media blitz that transforms the young, homeless veteran into the leader of a new movement. 

Please see the following links as well:

Movie Trailer

Film Screening RSVP Link

Promotional Flyer Link

The Isis Pages website

See attachment below for a flyer.

 

Event Sponsor:
The Isis Pages

Event Contact Name:
Stephen Carter

Event Phone Contact Information:
281-748-1286

Event Email Address:
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Event Website:
www.whenicamehome.bravenewtheaters.com/screening/show/8798-houston

Event Fee:
$10


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