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Films of dependable strengths

Local veterans created five short, inspirational movies

Healing, Hope and Harvest features inspirational short films created by local veterans to strengthen themselves, their future and the communities they serve in. Photo credit: olympiafilmsociety.org

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A series of films can be the span of a bridge that runs from the past to the future.

The South Sound Veterans Partnerships will present Healing, Hope and Harvest at 5 p.m. in the Capitol Theater in Olympia, June 5.

Local veterans created five short but inspirational films, each lasting between five to seven minutes, in order to strengthen themselves and their futures.

Local, public and private partners are creating avenues that help bridge veterans' military service to leading lives of purpose.

These trestles reaching from the past to the future feature healing therapies, growing organic food, restoring ecosystems, developing professional and life skills, fostering team building, and providing guidance with veteran support programs.

Between each film, there will be a short discussion period.

"These films come from local South Sound veteran programs that help veterans transition into civilian culture through non-traditional methods," wrote Matthew West, Veterans Conservation Corps internship coordinator, in an email. "Many vets find that traditional therapies try to fix a symptom; these films provide vets a way to better understand where they fit into the civilian world."

In other words, the films offer a blueprint for a bridge of hope.

Healing, Hope and Harvest builds on last year's presentation entitled Ground Operation, a film about veterans and their work in and with agriculture.

"This year's films build on that first film, and they show how local organizations working with veterans can lead to a positive relationship with veterans and local farmers," explained Lisa Smith, executive director of Enterprise for Equity. "These films are inspiring and innovative and hopeful."

The perfect foundation for a bridge.

An organization dedicated to helping people with limited incomes begin small businesses, Enterprise for Equity offers a comprehensive curriculum on financial and money management led by trainers and volunteers who are experienced in supporting micro-businesses.

And then there is the center span of dependable strengths.

"We know that some veterans do not see themselves as strong contributors," continued Smith.

She said that in finding their strengths, veterans are shown how to explore their pasts, find the "shining moments" in their lives and become the person they can be.

To see what and where "dependable strengths" have led those veterans who created the Healing, Hope and Harvest film series, take a seat in the historic Capitol Theater, located at 206 5th Ave. SE in Olympia.

For more information about the South Sound Veterans Partnership, contact West at matthewwe@dva.wa.gov. For more information about Enterprise for Equity, visit enterpriseforequity.org.

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