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"After Fire" -- The Challenges Facing Women Veterans

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"Every day is Veteran's Day," says a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW ) team in After Fire , a documentary by Brittany Huckabee .

They are canvassing Capitol Hill on behalf of top issues impacting those who have served.

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Unfortunately, this is not the case.

After Fire takes an on-the-ground look at how three female veterans are struggling to cope and move forward in the aftermath of their service.

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Huckabee places her account in San Antonio, Texas, where one of the biggest populations of female veterans in the nation resides.

Before unrolling the narratives of her main characters, Huckabee presents stats on women in the military:

One in five new recruits to the military are women.

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Women are the fastest growing group of veterans.

Among women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, estimates show that one in ten suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports that one in five women have PTSD; one in four are victims of rape or Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

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Marcia G. Yerman is a writer, activist, artist and curator based in New York City. Her articles--profiles, interviews, reporting and essays--focus on women's issues, the environment, human rights, the arts and culture. Her writing has been (more...)

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