Time: March 18, 2012 from 1pm to 4pm
Location: Interfaith Community Church
Street: 1763 NW 62nd Street
City/Town: Seattle, WA 98107
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Event Type: film, dialogue
Organized By: Karen Lindquist
Latest Activity: Mar 9, 2012
“...we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry.”
"The Welcome" offers a fiercely intimate view of life after war: the fear, anger and isolation of post-traumatic stress that affects vets and family members alike. As we join them in a small room for an unusual five day healing retreat, we witness how the ruins of war can be transformed into the beauty of poetry. Here our perceptions are changed, our psyches strained, and our hearts broken.
And at the end, when this poetry is shared with a large civilian audience, we begin to understand that all of us are a vital piece of the Welcome as Veterans try to find the way back home. Their examples of unflinching honesty, courage and love lift us up, inspiring all of us once again to feel our common humanity, always the first casualty of war.
Read more on website: www.thewelcomehomeproject.org
Sunday March 18th
free will offering accepted
Interfaith Community Church,
1763 NW 62nd Street,
Seattle, WA 98107.
For more info about Soldier’s Heart Seattle
contact Sally Jo: sallyjogilbert (at) gmail (dot) com
Caring Means Sharing the Burden
“The American Psychological Association estimates that 30% of returning soldiers suffer from PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Symptoms include nightmares, unrealistic fears, difficulty concentrating, bursts of rage, emotional withdrawal, substance abuse, emotional and sexual intimacy problems, domestic abuse, difficulty holding a job or staying in school, and risky and often violent behaviors.
The whole war experience is so horrendous, shakes our sensibilities so thoroughly that it changes us forever. A soldier who has survived a tour, or two, or four or six is not the same person he or she was before going to war, not the same person and never will be. After surviving war, life cannot go on as it was before because we are so utterly changed by it. And yet, no one prepares our troops or their families or their communities for these profound changes. Instead, we aim to help them become “normal again,” ignoring the reality that war inevitably makes that impossible.”
~ Kate Dahlstedt, Co-director Soldiers Heart www.soldiersheart.net