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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
6:45–9:00 p.m.


Performing Arts Center Westermann Stage, Concert Hall

To Be Of Service Film Screening

Join us for a screening of the documentary To Be Of Service featuring a Q&A with Academy Award nominated filmmaker Josh Aronson and veterans Glen Moody and Greg Kolodziejczyk with their service dogs. 

To Be Of Service is a feature-length documentary film about war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) who are paired with a service dog to help them regain their lives. These vets’ experience of returning home is often wrought with depression and a wrenching disconnect from the world they once inhabited. Family, old friends and jobs seem foreign and the newly returned men and women struggle to function and return to a civilian normal.

To Be Of Service explores the remarkable life enhancements resulting from the introduction of trained service dogs into the lives of veterans with PTSD. A service dog helps them navigate their days more comfortably and independently, helps them sleep without night terrors and, over time, restores their ability to feel safe, to trust and to love.  The unconditional love and support offered by these dogs become the bedrock for veterans to re-engage with the outside world and to learn to feel again.

In To Be Of Service, we cross the country to meet veterans just before they are paired with their service dog and learn how difficult their quiet lives are.  We follow the vets as they are paired with their dog and will follow these new buddies over the months to see how this deeply bonded friendship brings a return to independence and love for the men and women who were so traumatized by the maw of war.

Visit the film’s website for more information.

About the Filmmaker:

After starting his career as a still photographer for Time Life, filmmaker Josh Aronson began directing television films and commercials. Through Aronson Films, he directed MTV videos, television pilots and specials and over 500 commercials before turning to documentaries in 1999. Since then, Aronson has made award winning documentaries on a fascinating variety of topics. He is also a concert pianist and regularly plays chamber music in New York and at the Telluride Musicfest, the chamber music festival he founded in 2002 with his wife, violinist Maria Bachmann.

Sponsored by the Department of Communications, the Criminal Justice Program, the Art and Design Education Program, the Department of Sociology, the Collaboration Project, the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, the Derner School of Psychology and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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