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Plight of Women Veterans Detailed in 'Served Like A Girl'; Award-Winning Film Screens Feb. 2 in Summit


SUMMIT, NJ - The strength, courage, beauty and conviction of women veterans as they overcome obstacles and face challenges will be illustrated when the The Film Society of Summit hosts the New Jersey premiere of the award-winning documentary "Served Like A Girl" February 2 at 8 p.m.

Equal Justice Works Fellow and Millburn High School alum Samantha Kubek will lead post-screening discussion along with Director Lysa Heslov, who will join the conversation via Skype.  

"Served Like A Girl" is a documentary film chronicling the lives of female veterans as they compete for the crown of 'Ms. Veteran America'. Struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), homelessness, broken families, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, these remarkable women harness humor to adapt to the emotional, social and economic challenges they face, through the Ms. Veteran America competition.

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Balancing beauty and brawn, they are guided by event founder and veteran Major Jas Boothe, using the competition to regain their identities and way of life that they sacrificed in foreign wars. The film offers an engaging and honest look at an often unseen veteran reality. 

Kubek is an Equal Justice Works fellow sponsored by Greystone & Co., Inc. and Greenberg Traurig, LLP working in the New York Legal Assistance Group’s LegalHealth unit. In January 2017, she established the nation’s first legal clinics for women veterans at the Bronx and Manhattan VA hospitals. These clinics provide a safe space in which clients can receive trauma-informed legal assistance. Through these clinics, Kubek serves women veterans on a variety of civil legal issues, including VA and other government benefits, family law matters, discharge upgrades, credit issues, and advanced planning. 

The program will be held at MONDO, located at 426 Springfield Avenue.. Tickets, $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be reserved by contacting summitfilm@gmail.com or purchased at the venue. Seating is limited. For more information, call 973-885-1983 or visit summitfilmsociety.com.


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