SPECIAL SCREENING EVENT
WHEN WAR COMES HOME - SPECIAL SCREENING
Wednesday, October 19
Hosted by David Booth, U.S. Army, MSG (Ret.) and Combat Veterans to Careers, President, CEO
Special Guests include Director Michael King, Executive Producer Debra Hyde, and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army Matt Staton (bios below)
**All guests available for interviews**
Screening 5:00 pm at the Old Mill Playhouse
Lake Sumter Landing, 1000 Old Mill Run, The Villages, FL
Followed by Special Dinner at 7:00 pm
City Fire Restaurant
Lake Sumter Landing, 1018 Canal St, The Villages, FL
From Emmy Award-Winning Director Michael King, and Executive Producers Debby Hyde and Jennifer Harris, When War Comes Home is a documentary feature film focusing on the lives of these three soldiers returning from combat. They search for the courage to overcome their demons and painful memories of war. The crusading efforts of Seattle’s retired Four Star US Army General Peter Chiarelli to find better solutions for treating post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury is an on going challenge to provide the help our Veterans need.
The film puts a spotlight on how secondary trauma inflicts the Veteran’s families and children. As such the film provides insight to how post-traumatic stress affects our nation as a whole.
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Tickets for Film and Dinner $40 - Seating is Limited
Ticket link: http://r4alliance.org/wwch-10-19-2016/
David Booth, U.S. Army, MSG (Ret.); Combat Veterans to Careers, President, CEO; R4 Alliance, Board of Directors
David Booth is retired U.S. Army Combat related Disabled Veteran. He was medically retired with 100% disability from injuries sustained in Iraq from a roadside bomb. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2010 at the rank of Master Sergeant. Since his retirement, he has held the position of Director of Operations at MSA International Security in New York City. David Booth is the founder of Combat Veterans to Careers, a non-profit organization helping veterans and their families transition from the military and obtain a fulfilling civilian life. Master Sergeant (Retired) David Booth entered the Army in October 1991. After completing basic military training and advanced individual training, he served in various leadership and staff positions at the company level. He continued to serve in challenging positions at the battalion level. His experience includes serving as the senior medical personal and battalion personnel supervisor responsible for medical actions of 170 soldiers in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as 1st Sergeant for a multi-national and multi-component unit of over 3500 active duty personnel and their families stationed at a NATO air base in Germany. Prior to his retirement, he served as one of the senior enlisted leaders for the Warrior Transition Unit in San Diego, CA. Assisting over 180 combat wounded Army personnel in transitioning from the Army to civilian life. In 2012 Mr. Booth founded Combat Veterans to Careers, a not for profit organization helping Veterans and their families through the transition from the military back to civilian life. Growing Combat Veterans to Careers from the ground up, in three years has made a national footprint, helping our Veterans back into successful, fulfilling lives and becoming an intricate part of their local community.
Michael W. King (Producer/Director)
Michael King has produced, directed, and written documentaries, music videos, and feature films for over two decades. Michael graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Government. He also holds an M.A. in Film Studies from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands and a postgraduate degree in Feature Film Directing from the Amsterdam Academy of Arts (Maurits Binger Film Institute). In 2009, Michael was awarded Switzerland’s Carl Lutz Medal of Freedom. He was presented Connecticut College’s 2010 Harriet Buescher Lawrence ’34 Prize for his lifework in film and television. In 1999, Michael’s PBS documentary on youth violence in America, Bangin’, won the Emmy and International Television and Video Association Award for Best Documentary and Best Editing. In 2007, he completed a feature documentary entitled Rapping with Shakespeare and was nominated for an A&E Indie Filmmaker Award (2008). In 2011, Michael completed his critically-acclaimed documentary The Rescuers with Sir Martin Gilbert, Stephanie Nyombayire, and HRH Prince Charles. The Rescuers was nominated for an NAACP Image Award (2012).
Matthew A. Staton, Staff Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
Mr. Staton was born in Madison Heights, Virginia, and is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, 1999 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. That same year he enlisted in the Army as an 11B, infantryman completing Basic Training at FT Benning Georgia. Mr. Staton was stationed in Vicenza, Italy, with the 1st-508th Airborne Combat Team, before deciding it was time to pursue a different path in the Army. After serving three years enlisted on active duty, and one year with the VA National Guard’s 29th Infantry Regiment, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in September 2002. Mr. Staton traveled to Fort Carson, CO as his first duty assignment after becoming a Second Lieutenant. He deployed to Iraq in July 2003 as the Rifle platoon leader of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment. During his deployment, Matt was exposed to multiple IEDs, resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as sustaining a gun-shot wound to the leg. Mr. Staton Continued to serve and recover in multiple roles with the 1-8th Infantry, culminating in Commanding the Battalion’s Rear Detachment while the Unit deployed back to Iraq, during 2005 to 2006. In August 2007, Mr. Staton returned to Virginia after completing the Army’s Physical Disability Evaluation System and being medically retired from the Army. Beginning in September of 2007, Mr. Staton began his current service as a Department of the Army civilian, a direct advisor and staff member to the Secretary of the Army for Wounded Soldier matters and concerns. In the years that followed Mr. Staton’s deployment, Mr. Staton has begun to learn to cope with the impact of MTBI and PTSD, two invisible injuries of war along with the physical injuries sustained from Combat. Mr. Staton and has a 6 year old daughter, Samantha, and live in Fredericksburg, VA.
Debra Coleman Hyde (Executive Producer)
Debra Coleman is an experienced, strategic, and entrepreneurial fundraising executive, whose interest in When War Comes Home is both professional and personal. She was most recently the Director of Institutional Advancement at the Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, CT, an independent co-educational day school. Prior to Kingswood-Oxford, Debra held senior management positions at two non-profit organizations, including a Division I university and a premier children’s hospital. In 2010, she was also instrumental in establishing a camp for children with cancer in South America, through the Global Partners Initiative and the Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall program. Debra’s brother, Charles, is credited with writing the very first dramatic representation of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the American cult-classic novel, Sergeant Back Again (published by Harper & Row, 1980). The story is internationally acknowledged as “the Vietnam War novel that made PTSD real”. At the time of its writing, the condition was still an unnamed disorder, now recognized as PTSD. The story was based on Charles’ own experiences. Debra is a Past President of the Warrior Canine Connection in Baltimore, MD and Oasis Global. She received her B.A. in Spanish from the American University in Washington, DC.