Missouri History Museum Celebrating Female Veterans

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-- Tuesday night, the Missouri History Museum will screen a documentary that follows our nation`s wounded female military heroes.

The trailer, alone, can be overwhelming.

"They thought I was dead," said one young woman with long, feathered locks.  Then, you see pictures of her in a hospital bed.  Then, she is in a wheelchair.  She has no legs.  "The first woman from Afghanistan that was injured, a double amputee. I was famous, but..."

Her shocking story was just one of several from injured female United States military servicewomen featured in 'Service: When WOMEN Come Marching Home'.

"I just supposed it was something that I didn`t think that much about, to be honest," admitted History Museum Program Director Emily Underwood.

She said she got a wake-up call when she scheduled a screening as part of the Museum's 'Between Two Worlds' Exhibit.  Local teens gathered medals, uniforms and stories from local war veterans.

"I think it just gives me a deeper appreciation of service, in general," Underwood said.  "And then especially for women, who have some extra challenges sometimes."

Homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder, survivor`s guilt -- the list of topics packed into the film goes on.

"Also, there`s some sexual trauma they go through that men do not have to deal with at the same level," she explained.

Underwood knows many of these ladies have to recover while still being mothers.

"I think humans in general, and women are included in that, have huge reserves of strength that we don`t always realize until we can tap into them," she pointed out.  "But, that`s a very difficult scenario for me to imagine."

She doesn't have to. She plans to just let these survivors tell their stories.

The screening will start at 7 p.m. at the museum on Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere in Forest Park.  Admission is free.  Veterans will hold a panel discussion after the film ends.

The 'Between Two Worlds' Exhibit will be open at the museum through October.

For more information, just visit www.mohistory.org.  You can also see the documentary trailer at www.servicethefilm.com.

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