THE WELCOME JOHNNY AND JANE HOME PROJECT: A BETTER WELCOME FOR VETERANS
Paula J. Caplan playwright of the upcoming
production of Shades at The LATC presents
THE WELCOME JOHNNY AND JANE HOME PROJECT:
A BETTER WELCOME FOR VETERANS
Generously hosted and presented by
The American Cinematheque at
Santa Monica, CA
February 28, 2013, 6:30 p.m.
Please join Harvard psychologist and veterans advocate Dr. Paula J. Caplan for a screening of Phil Donahue’s award-winning film, “Body of War,” and panel discussion with her and with Hollywood Cares nonprofit for veterans leader and television producer and veteran Tom Fick; founder of LA chapter of The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project, Susannah Robb Kondrath; and a veteran participant in the Project.
Find out how YOU can help heal our veterans. Open to all. Tickets: $11.00; $8.00 for veterans with proof of veteran status at the door.
Tickets for screening and panel @ http://www.fandango.com/americancinemathequeattheaerotheatre_aacpd/theaterpage?date=2/28/2013
Americans — whatever their politics — want to help veterans, but few know what to do. Many think that if they are not therapists, there is nothing they can do, but nothing could be further from the truth!
Dr. Caplan’s Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project consists of one-to-one listening sessions between a civilian and a veteran. Her Harvard Kennedy School study revealed how the simple gift of an uninterruptedlistening session with a friend or even a stranger can bring veterans out of their soul-crushing isolation. The civilian listeners call the experience transformative for them, too. It’s about simple but all-too-rare human connection.
“Body of War,” the engrossing and powerful film Phil Donahue produced and Ellen Spiro directed, won the National Board of Review’s Best Documentary award and a People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. It lets audiences listen to the story of a young Iraq War veteran, learning about his war experiences, and how he deals with coming back home with emotional and physical challenges and pain. We get to know his fiancée, his mother, and his stepfather, and we witness their love, humor, conflict, and various kinds of politics.
A major portion of ticket sales will go to The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project, and tax-deductible donations will also be gratefully accepted at the event.
Interest in implementing The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project throughout the country is high, and funds will be used to prepare online video and text materials for use at no cost to help any individual or group anywhere start this listening project in their community. These are economical and immediate ways to involve veterans and civilians in connecting with each other and helping the process of healing. 100% of the donations will go directly to the production of materials and running of the program to help veterans.
Event will be at:
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Dr. Caplan’s book, When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, which has won three national awards, will be available for purchase, including copies to donate to veterans.
Thank you for your support!