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HOMEFRONT 911: “Truth-telling at its Disturbingly Best” Coming to United States Capitol Visitor Center

By stacybannerman - Posted on 10 October 2011

 Military Family Monologues about the war at home to be presented on Capitol Hill.

Benefit performance at Shirlington Busboys & Poets Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 pm.

      Struggling with bearing the home front burdens of two wars for ten years, military family member’s rates of mental health issues are approaching  those of service members.  A study released earlier this year found that suicidal ideation in boys with a deployed parent is nearly twice that of civilian boys.  Tricia Radenz, the mother of a 12-year-old boy who killed himself during his dad’s 2nd tour, will be speaking at Homefront 911: Military Family Monologues at the United States Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Auditorium at 12:00 noon on Thursday, November 17. 

 “This is truth-telling at its disturbingly best. It ought to be a mandatory performance at every sporting event, every church service, and every noon hour at the Capitol Rotunda,” said author and Gold Star daughter Karen Spears Zacharias, who hosted a town hall discussion after the national premiere of Homefront 911 in Portland, OR, Friday, August 5th.  Produced and directed by Stacy Bannerman, military family advocate and author of When the War Came Home (2006), these powerful, personal monologues are performed by military family members speaking from the heart of the American Homefront. 

For the first time in American history, there are more military family dependents than men and women in uniform.  Based on actual accounts from military family members across the country, Homefront 911 willraise awareness of the impact of a decade of war at home, and help end the epidemic of disconnection between civilian and military families.  The U.S. Capitol performance of Homefront 911 is free and open to the public.  Advance registration is strongly recommended in order to avoid the lines; please send first and last name to  

There will be a special benefit performance at the Busboys & Poets Shirlington location, 4251 South Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206, at 7 pm Thursday night.  Homefront 911 is a non-partisan project of The Sanctuary for Veterans & Families 501c3.

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