Served Like A Girl

Can a pageant help U.S. servicewomen heal the wounds of combat and return to civilian life?

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    2017 Critics Choice Documentary Award-Best Song in a Documentary
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    Lysa Heslov

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    The Film

    Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at several American women as they transition from active duty to civilian life after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our wounded U.S. female service personnel often return to a stark reality, one that is rarely discussed or considered. Struggling with PTSD, homelessness, broken families, serious illness, physical injuries, and the aftermath of military sexual abuse, these amazing women find ways to adapt and overcome debilitating challenges through participation in the “Ms. Veteran America” competition. Guided by event founder and veteran, Jas Boothe, the women leverage their experiences gained through competition to recover the parts of themselves and their personal identities they had lost on the battlefield.

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