Documentary focuses on returning veterans

A documentary film focusing on the healing journey for war veterans and their families will be shown today, July 28, at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics in White City.

"The Welcome" will be shown at 6 p.m. at the SORCC's theater, 8495 Crater Lake Highway, White City. All veterans and their families are invited to the free showing.

The movie was the result of the Welcome Home Project created by psychotherapist Bill McMillan and documentary filmmaker Kim Shelton, a couple from Ashland.

The project is designed to help traumatized veterans and their families, including troops returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. McMillan volunteers in Returning Veterans Northwest, a group of professionals who counsels veterans for free.

The film captures some two dozen veterans from the Afghanistan war to the Vietnam conflict who participated in the Welcome Home Project held during a five-day retreat at Buckhorn Springs near Ashland in 2008. During the retreat, they talked, listened, argued and struggled with their post-war traumas.

The purpose of filming the event was to help educate other communities on how to help traumatized veterans.

For further information, contact McMillan at 541-821-4798 or mcmillan@ccountry.net.

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