In Their Boots: A special screening of Soldiers on the Street
2010-02-01 · By Editor
In Their Boots, in partnership with the United States Veterans Initiative, Long Beach, home to more than 1,000 veterans annually, will show Soldiers on the Street, on Tuesday, February 2. The event is a premier screening of the newest episode of the In Their Boots documentary series.
The ongoing documentary series examines the impact that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are having on people here at home.
“They have featured our veterans in a number of their pieces and this one in particular really sheds light on the struggles that all too many of our veterans face on a daily basis,” said William Wallace, US-Vets Long Beach, United States Veterans Initiative.
Soldiers on the Street is the story of two Iraq war veterans struggle to integrate into civilian society and, like countless Vietnam veterans before them, find themselves homeless and on the streets.
When Todd Newton and Luis Pinto returned from Iraq, they were fortunate to find work using the skills they acquired during their military service. Todd found work as a truck driver and Luis got a job as a paramedic. But for these two veterans, their civilian work triggered haunting reminders of their experience in the war zones of Iraq. Unable to tolerate the sight of injured people, Luis quit his job. Todd asked his superiors to give him shorter routes — assignments less likely to remind him of the treacherous routes he drove in Iraq. Todd’s routes grew shorter and shorter until he was out of work. Soon both veterans were homeless.
“Soldiers on the Street,” follows Luis and Todd on their journeys from living on the street to moving into homeless shelters run by fellow Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. These fellow Veterans help Luis and Todd get back on their feet and try to prevent a new generation of veterans from following in the footsteps of the Vietnam era vets.
This screening is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Q&A session with experts, filmmakers, and participants in the film to immediately follow the screening.
For security reasons, RSVPs are required to guarantee entrance. Each guest must RSVP individually at http://bit.ly/soldiersonthestreetrsvp. The Long Beach screening of Soldiers on the Street will take place Tuesday, February 2, at 5:30 pm. at the United States Veterans Initiative, Social Hall 2001 River Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90810.
This event is sponsored by Brave New Foundation, United States Veterans Initiative, Salvation Army – Bell Shelter, Veterans First. Watch the trailer In Their Boots: Soldiers on the Street below or visit the soldiers on the street website for details.