Understanding the Journey of War Veterans: Screening Documentary ‘All The Way Home’

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

July 15, 2008, Washington, DC – Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, will hold a screening of the documentary “All the Way Home” on Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. in Cannon 334.  The documentary follows a Montana fishing outfitter and his team of volunteers while they take severely injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from Walter Reed down an isolated river. 

“There hasn’t been a movie or documentary or a creative piece like this that has moved me so much,” say Shad Meshad, President and Founder of the National Veterans Foundation (NVF).  The National Veterans Foundation runs “Lifeline for Vets,” a crisis hotline that has fielded over a quarter of a million calls from veterans in need of emergency medical treatment, suicide intervention, post-traumatic stress disorder counseling, benefit advocacy, food, shelter, employment training or legal aid. 

The screening will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the documentary and related veterans’ issues with Filmmaker Edward Nachtrieb, Chairman Filner and Shad Meshad of NFV.  

Who:         Chairman Bob Filner, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
                Shad Meshad, Founder of National Veterans Foundation
                Edward Nachtrieb, Filmmaker/Documentarian 

What:   Screening of the documentary “All the Way Home” followed by a media availability with Chairman Bob Filner and others 

When:           Wednesday, July 23, 2008

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Movie Screening)
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Media availability)

Where:  House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, 334 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

“This is a powerful documentary that really shows the realities faced by our wounded warriors – up close and personal,” said Chairman Filner (D-CA).  “It also shows what we can do – individuals, communities, neighborhoods – to help our veterans as they return home from war.  What may seem insignificant can lead to powerful changes for our heroes and ourselves.” 

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