Free screening of award-winning documentary scheduled

The failure of U.S. military mental health policy to address the needs of veterans is the focus of an acclaimed documentary to be screened at the Community Arts Center.

“Thank You for Your Service” will be shown at 7 p.m. March 21, at the Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. A reception will follow the movie. Tom Donahue, the documentary’s director, is scheduled to attend.

The free event is presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and the Community Arts Center.

Described as an “important film” by The New York Times; “wrenching, gripping and persuasive” by The Village Voice; and a “film that every American should see” by The Star-Ledger, “Thank You for Your Service” uses the plight of four Iraq War veterans to explore the quality of mental health care for U.S. service members.

In addition to the vets, the 2016 film features military and civilian experts discussing the mental health crisis. Roughly 20 veterans a day commit suicide in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs data. Winner of the Illuminate Film Festival’s Impact Award, “Thank You for Your Service” reveals nongovernmental programs that are offering an encouraging option for veterans.

Viewers should be aware that “Thank You for Your Service” contains images of war and suicidal content. For more on the film, visit www.thanky