Coming to theatres today, Friday, August 25:
SERVED LIKE A GIRL
Participants in the Ms Veteran America competition bring awareness to the plight of homeless female vets.
The Ms Veteran America competition grew out of a recognition that female US veterans were often given the short end of the stick upon release from active service, with few services adequately addressing the sadly common issues they faced, including PTSD, military sexual abuse, homelessness, and health concerns – as well as the impact of these forces on family life. Heslov profiles the event’s founder, Jas Boothe and other organizers, as well as several competitors, each contending with a range of difficulties in their transition to civilian life. At times, the film struggles to juggle its surfeit of subjects, and to balance their biographies with showcasing pageant activities, but it ultimately does demonstrate the positive impact of their participation, and the strength they draw from one another.