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Veterans Resource Center & American Legion host Memorial Day weekend events

Whidbey’s Veterans Resource Center hosts Memorial Day weekend events

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The The Veteran’s Resource Center (VRC) of Whidbey Island,  the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI) and Soldier’s Heart-Seattle are hosting a showing of the award winning documentary film “The Welcome” on Friday, May 25th, at 6 PM at the UUCWI, 20103 SR 525 in Freeland.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The film is an intense, intimate view of life after war.  Veterans and their families must deal with fear, anger, isolation and post-traumatic stress.  The film allows the audience to witness an unusual five-day healing retreat where the ruins of war are transformed through poetry and storytelling.

There will be a discussion following the film.

The VRC on Whidbey Island began informally in 2007 and was incorporated in Freeland, WA in January 2009 to provide community support for veterans suffering from the effects of war and military trauma. The VRC was established on Whidbey through the work of Judith Gorman and Perry McClellan with the support of several local Viet Nam veterans.

Judith and Perry were inspired by their son’s struggle to find his way back into normal civilian life after he returned from a year of combat in Afghanistan. Orrin Gorman McClellan struggled with physical and emotional pain and exhaustion until he became one of the 18 US military veterans who succumb to death by suicide every day.

In addition to the film, American Legion Post 141 and the Veterans Resource Center are hosting a Memorial Day Program on Monday, May 28, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  The events will be at the Bayview Cemetery, 5794 S. Bayview Road, Langley, from 11:00 AM to noon; and at the American Legion Post 141, at 1096 SR 525 in Langley from noon to 2:00 PM. [editor note: pot luck noon-1 pm everyone welcome]

The VRC is a Washington State non-profit educational and charitable 501c3 corporation.  Its mission is to promote community-based efforts to heal the effects of war on veterans, their families and communities.

For more information about “The Welcome” visit the website of The Welcome Home Project:  http://www.thewelcomehomeproject.org/

For information about the Freeland VRC, contact the Director, Fred McCarthy at info@vrcwi or 360 331 8081 or contact Judith Gorman email her at  jgorman@whidbey.com .

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