Everyone knows that military personnel face challenges while they are deployed, but for many the battles do not stop there. What happens when they return home? And how do their families cope?
These are some of the questions tackled by the movie “Indivisible.” Crossroads Community Church is teaming with the Ridgecrest Veterans Advisory Council to bring a free screening of the film to Ridgecrest. It will take place at Crossroads on Friday April 5. As always with Crossroads’s free movie screenings, food will be served and childcare is available. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Childcare is available at 6 p.m. The movie will screen at 6:30 p.m.
Pastor Bill Corley said that the menu will be “a little more jazzed up” than the usual – featuring a sit-down dinner with meal service rather than a potluck.
The 2018 film tells the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner and his wife Heather and the challenges they must face and overcome when he returns home. The film garnered many positive reviews on the Internet Movie Database website, where it is described as “a good family drama,” “Well done!,” “Faith-based and informative,” and “A movie that means something.” The Turners themselves contributed to the production as well.
The DI sat down with Corley and Dionne Salmonds of Crossroads, and Nick and Carol Coy from the Veterans Advisory Council on Friday to discuss the upcoming event and what they hope the community will get from it.
Corley talked about the focus of the film.
“What has always been missing in a lot of movies is that everyone focuses on the veteran overseas,” he said. “This movie focuses on him in combat and it also focuses on the family and how it challenges them to be involved at home. This movie shows both sides.”
Salmonds agreed that the film does a good job of presenting both sides: the impact on the soldier and on the family.
“When the servicemen and women come home, that transition, integrating back into trying to resume normal life, is not always very easy or successful. So it focuses on that challenge,” she said.
Salmonds added that the true story can help to give hope to others going through the same challenges.
“Part of what we want to focus on is there is really a lot of hope and healing because it can cause a lot of damage,” she said.
The title “Indivisible” in the title refers to the family.
Nick Coy said that certain aspects of the enlisted person’s experience are universal.
“It doesn’t matter where the war is, war is war,” he said.
The Coys are helping spread the word about the event to the veterans community.
“It is a joint effort. Nick and Carol are so pivotal in the community with resources for the veterans. It was very important for us to make sure that they were involved and were a voice. The are a powerful voice and a resource in town,” Salmonds said.
The Coys said they will also make veterans support materials from a number of sources available for anyone who needs them at the event.
Carol Coy noted that the American Legion Riders and other groups are likely to attend.
Corley said the event is intended to show gratitude to veterans, military personnel and their families.
“It kind of sounds corny, but this is our thank you.”