Female Veterans Invited to Screen ‘Women of War’ Film in Wheeling

The Wheeling Veterans Center continually assists local men and women who have been in the military service as they transition to civilian life. That can include all types of services and outreach for troops.

However, women in the military often face issues not easily recognized or made public, said Michael Novotney, a veteran outreach specialist at the Vet Center and an Army combat veteran.

Novotney said the Wheeling Vet Center sees fewer females than male veterans, but is open to help either sex deal with the aftermath of combat and adjusting to home life once again.

In an effort to address some of those issues, the Vet Center will host a showing of the movie/documentary titled “Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Towngate Theater on Market Street in the Center Wheeling neighborhood.

According to the movie documentary website, the film “recounts the unprecedented story of women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Filmmaker JulieHera DeStefano launched this project to explore the psychological and social dynamics of their service, to follow their reintegration into civilian life, and to preserve their stories.”

Novotney said the movie could help others understand the female perspective of war and how it affects troops in their civilian life. The women veterans interviewed for the film talk about being “forever changed” by their military service. Women now make up more than 15 percent of the U.S. military.

“This is a powerful movie and would invite all women vets to see this as well as their families,” Novotney said.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. While walk-ins are welcome, the Vet Center asks for anyone wishing to attend to RSVP by calling 304-232-5087.