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Army Heritage Center Foundation to Host Pennsylvania Premiere of “Weight of Honor”

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The Army Heritage Center Foundation will host a screening of the documentary The Weight of Honor on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.  Lieutenant Colonel David and Mrs. Kim Rozelle will serve as moderators and lead a panel discussion immediately following this one hour documentary.

 

This free event is co-sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation and Carlisle Barracks Chapel and is open to the public and the media.

 

The Weight of Honor follows the lives of the caregivers of catastrophically wounded Veterans injured while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Filmed over five years, this documentary reveals the thoughts and struggles of the spouses, children, and parents now tasked with caring for once able-bodied and self-assured sons, daughters, wives, and husbands. 

 

The Weight of Honor is the first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the lives of the caregivers and families of Veterans who have been catastrophically wounded in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The film’s subjects are the spouses, parents, and children who give a rare glimpse into their lives, as everyone grapples with finding a ‘new normal’ after the devastating effects of war time injuries.

 

Stephanie Seldin Howard, the film’s director said, “For the last five years, I've been filming and crafting the story of the devastating effects that caring for a severely wounded veteran can have on caregivers, families, and relationships.  The film was made to challenge conventional notions of caregivers and to ignite change.”  Film critic Hal Donahue said The Weight of Honor is “A brutally honest film of courage and loyalty above and beyond the call of duty.”

 

LTC Rozelle is the author of Back to Action: An American Soldier¹s Story of Courage, Faith, and Fortitude. In Back to Action, Rozelle tells the story of his deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where a land mine tore off his right foot, through months of agonizing rehabilitation to his final triumphant recertification as "Fit for Duty."

 

Also highlighting the panel will be Ryan and Nancy Kules. Ryan serves as the national Combat Stress Recovery Program Director for the Wounded Warrior Project. He is a multiple amputee and a retired Army Captain. They have three children. Nancy has been his caregiver, and their experiences have been shared and documented in the national media.

 

The panel will also include the documentary director, Stephanie Seldin Howard, and Chaplain (Colonel) Jerry and Mrs. Karlyn Sieg. The Siegs will share their challenges during Jerry’s post recovery from a brain tumor and then cancer. Chaplain Seig served with the Third Infantry Division during the initial assault on Bagdad.

About the Army Heritage Center Foundation

The Military Heritage Foundation, doing business as the Army Heritage Center Foundation, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that, through donated support, is funding the construction of the public components of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) — the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Army Heritage Center.  As the phased construction program is completed, the Foundation transfers these facilities to the Army to operate, staff, and maintain, as part of USAHEC. The Foundation also focuses on “margin of excellence support” to meet the needs of educational programs and other activities at USAHEC where federal funds are inadequate or unavailable. 

The Foundation completed Phase One of the Visitor and Education Center in 2010.   This project provided the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center campus its first major gallery and multipurpose rooms to host educational programs and special events. In 2013, the Foundation funded infrastructure improvements to include parking and storm water management systems to support future construction.  The Foundation completed a 7,500 expansion of the Visitor and Education Center in September 2016. Known as the Hall of the American Soldier, this expansion added an additional gallery, a multipurpose room to meet growing demand for program space, and enhanced seating for the cafe.

The Foundation will continue to seek grants and donations to complete the Visitor and Education Center, the Army Heritage Center, and to create an endowment to sustain and enhance educational programs. The Foundation’s education program includes management of the National History Day in Pennsylvania competition and workshops and seminars that complement USAHEC’s programs and exhibits. 

The Foundation also supports and enhances USAHEC’s public outreach by supporting marketing initiatives and serving as a public advocate of the Center’s mission and programs. 

For additional details about this program, please contact the Foundation at (717) 258-1102 or info@armyheritage.org.

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