War Zone/Comfort Zone
About This Episode
Though women account for roughly 14 percent of active-duty U.S. military and more than 24 percent of the National Guard, they often receive less than a hero's welcome upon return to civilian life. Many women veterans must deal with poverty, homelessness, joblessness, and psychological and physiological effects of PTSD from military sexual assault and/or combat all within a system that is ill-equipped and, in some cases, unwilling to help.
War Zone/Comfort Zone is the personal story of their plight for normalcy and peace without the benefit of a comprehensive support system. Follow the journey of Shalini Madaras and Joy Kiss in the fight to open the first transitional house for women veterans in the state of Connecticut despite virulent neighborhood opposition. With the use of interviews and footage, the documentary also tells the story of four women who are coping with life after the military, providing a surprising look into the lives of these invisible veterans.