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Community Invited to Free Screening of Film: Where Soldiers Come From

Aug 28, 2012

September 18th marks the 65th anniversary of the National Security Act going into effect in 1947.  This Act created the Department of Defense, the National Security Council  and the CIA.   The Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Veterans Club at Harrisburg University, and the World Affairs Council are working with Harrisburg University to observe this date with a  free screening of the documentary film, Where Soldiers Come From. 

Scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18th  in the University’s Auditorium, the free event will include a discussion with Heather Courtney, the filmmaker and driving force behind the movie.

A film about growing up, Where Soldiers Come From is an intimate look at the young men who fight the nation’s wars and the families and the Northern Michigan town they come from. Returning to her hometown, Director Heather Courtney gains extraordinary access following these young men as they grow and change from reckless teenagers, to soldiers looking for roadside bombs in Afghanistan, to 23-year-old veterans dealing with the silent war wounds of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD. 

The documentary won the 2012 Independent Spirit Truer Than Fiction Award, and is a co-production of Quincy Hill Films and ITVS, in association with American Documentary | POV. The film had its national broadcast premiere in Fall 2011 on PBS’s award-winning documentary series POV, and has been chosen as an encore broadcast in September 2012. To watch the trailer or order DVDs, please go to"

The evening will begin with a networking reception from 5:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a screening of the movie beginning at 6 p.m. and then a Q&A with the filmmaker upon the conclusion of the film.

The date of the event coincides with the 65th anniversary of the National Security Act going into effect in 1947.  The Act caused far-reaching changes in the military establishment. The War Department and Navy Department merged into a single Department of Defense under the Secretary of Defense, who also directed the newly created Department of the Air Force. Aside from the military reorganization, the act established the National Security Council, a central place of coordination for national security policy in the executive branch, and established the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S.'s first peacetime intelligence agency.

This free event is put forth in partnership with the Army Heritage Center Foundation, the Veterans Club at Harrisburg University and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. 

Seating is limited to 100 and an RSVP is required via Http:// For additional information on the event or to become a sponsor, email or call 717.901.5146.

Harrisburg University is located at 326 Market Street in Harrisburg. Free parking is available on the street. Additional parking is available in the Harrisburg Parking Authority operated garage accessible via Fourth Street. Cost for parking in the garage is $5.00 for 0-2 hours. Kiosk for parking accepts cash only. More information on parking rates and directions to the University are found online at

You can literally take planes, trains and automobiles to the event. The University's location at 326 Market Street in downtown Harrisburg is near Interstates 83 and 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike, making it an easy drive to the University from any of Pennsylvania’s major cities. And it's only a two-hour drive from the University to Baltimore, Washington, DC or Philadelphia. The Amtrak Passenger Train Station and Greyhound Bus Station are one block from our location. And the Harrisburg International Airport is only nine miles from the University.

Founded in 2001 to address Central Pennsylvania's need for increased opportunities leading to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, Harrisburg University offers 24 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs. As a private University serving the public good, Harrisburg University remains the only STEM-focused comprehensive university located between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.For more information on the University's demand-driven undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in applied science and technology fields, call 717.901.5146 or email,

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