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Director Lysa Heslov's documentary, "Served Like a Girl, provides a candid look at several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our wounded U.S. female service personnel often return to a stark reality, one that is rarely discussed or considered. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries, and the aftermath of military sexual abuse, these amazing women find ways to adapt and overcome debilitating challenges through participation in the "Ms. Veteran America" competition. Guided by event founder and veteran, Jas Boothe, the women leverage their experiences gained through competition to recover the parts of themselves and their personal identities they had lost on the battlefield. Called "Engaging, Honest and Powerful," this film is a beautiful tapestry interlaced with poignant moments, social commentary, and humor.

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Moving and inspiring
13 March 2017 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

I just had the honor and pleasure of seeing Served like a girl at SXSW festival. What a gift to be invited to attend and I am so glad that I did. The ladies featured in the film were present and afterwards there was one of the longest standing ovations with plenty of tears - of support - for these ladies. What I appreciated was the demonstration of commitment to our country and sheer strength but also the vulnerability expressed by each of these women. Reliving some of the scenes were hard for them as we watched the film and once you see it you will understand. This is not just a film about female veterans. It is a film about tough choices, life's challenges and how you choose to react and respond. Creating awareness about the struggles that women in the military face is one of the themes but more importantly once women have completed their service - they are oftentimes without a home, without support from our own government and struggling to not only make ends meet, or get proper healthcare but to also simply experience the dignity that they deserve. I would recommend this movie for any American and I dare you not to be only inspired but want to immediately support a Veteran today.


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