Support Veterans and Join Working Wardrobes as it Hosts Orange County Premiere of Groundbreaking Documentary, Citizen Soldier

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This special documentary screening helps veterans in their transition to civilian life, and on their quest to find meaningful employment.

This film brilliantly highlights the extraordinary and unprecedented role that the National Guard has played in post 9-11 wars, and offers a heart-pounding, heartfelt, grunt’s eye view of the war.

Working Wardrobes, an Orange County, California nonprofit specializing in helping people overcome difficult challenges to find work and achieve self-sufficiency, today announced it will host a special screening of the groundbreaking documentary, Citizen Soldier, on August 25th at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana. This special event marks the Orange County exclusive premiere of the dramatic feature film and is designed to support veterans in their transition to civilian life, and on their quest to find meaningful employment.

In attendance from the film will be: co-director David Salzberg; executive producer and two-time recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service during her time at the Department of Defense Wendy R. Anderson; producer and infantry squad leader featured in the film Eran Harrill; and former Tactical Air Control Party Squad Leader of the 146th Air Support Operations Squadron featured in the film, MSgt. Raymond Viel (Ret).

Citizen Soldier is the next feature film from the directors of The Hornet’s Nest. It offers an excruciatingly personal look into modern warfare, brotherhood, and patriotism from the point of view of a group of young soldiers from the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (known since World War II as the “Thunderbirds”) during their life-changing tour of duty in Afghanistan. Using real footage from multiple cameras, including helmet cams, these Citizen Soldiers give the audience an intimate view into the chaos and horrors of combat and, in the process, display their bravery and valor under the most hellish of conditions.

“This film brilliantly highlights the extraordinary and unprecedented role that the National Guard has played in post 9-11 wars, and offers a heart-pounding, heartfelt, grunt’s eye view of the war,” said Harry Humphries, former Navy SEAL and Executive Director of VetNet. “We feel this is an important movie for every American to see because it is a visually stunning and jarring look at real people fighting a very real war. Men and women such as those shown in the film are receiving help from Working Wardrobes’ VetNet to navigate the civilian workforce as they return from war, and it is our great honor to serve them!”

Gene Galloway, a former Marine and President and CEO of Plaza Bank, says it is especially meaningful for his organization to be supporting this event for the second year in a row.

Plaza Bank, a full service community bank serving the business and professional communities in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada, is the generous corporate sponsor of this event for two years running, having sponsored Working Wardrobes’ screening of The Hornet’s Nest last year.

“Our ultimate goal is to build awareness of the sacrifices our nation’s military make to protect our freedom, and the support they absolutely deserve when they return from service,” said Galloway. “We’re proud to sponsor this event once again and we’re very appreciative of the support VetNet provides to those who have so bravely served.”

The public is invited to attend. Following are details about the screening:

Screening and Orange County Exclusive Premiere of Citizen Soldier
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Frida Cinema
305 E 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA
6:00 p.m. – Doors open.
7:00 p.m. – Film begins.

A suggested donation for admission is $20 per person.

To reserve tickets, visit http://www.workingwardrobes.org/fundraisers/citizensoldier/. Discussion immediately follows the film with Director David Salzberg.

“I am proud to have worked on another important project that illustrates the extreme situations that our military members face during combat, and even prouder to be teaming up with Working Wardrobes for a second Orange County premiere,” said David Salzberg, Co-Director / Producer of Citizen Soldier. “This film is the story of a few Citizen Soldiers, but it really is the story of Citizen Soldiers everywhere who fight America’s wars when called upon, build global partnerships when asked, and protect our homeland at all costs.”

A portion of the proceeds raised at the screening will benefit Working Wardrobes’ VetNet program, which provides career readiness and life skills services to veterans returning from war.

Working Wardrobes’ VetNet program provides training and job placement services for veterans, helping them successfully transition to the civilian workforce. It also partners with companies around Orange County to provide a working knowledge of the veteran talent pool and the advanced life skills they bring as employees, including leadership, loyalty, mission dedication, organizational skills, and a strong work ethic.

Space is limited. For more information and to secure admission for this event, visit http://www.workingwardrobes.org/fundraisers/citizensoldier/. To learn about additional sponsorship opportunities, contact Megan Harless at (714) 210-2460 or by email at meganh(at)workingwardrobes(dot)org.

For more information on Citizen Soldier, visit http://citizensoldierfilm.com/.

About Working Wardrobes
Working Wardrobes does everything in its power to help men, women, young adults, and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work. The organization provides career training, job placement assistance, and professional wardrobe services in an environment of dignity and respect. Since its inception in1990, Working Wardrobes has served over 85,000 clients, including hundreds of veterans.

About Plaza Bank
Plaza Bank is full service community bank serving the business and professional communities in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bank is committed to meeting the financial needs of small to middle market businesses and professional firms with loans for working capital, equipment and owner-occupied commercial real estate financing and a full array of cash management services. Our bankers are experienced, professional, and knowledgeable. For more information, visit http://www.plazabank.com.

About Strong Eagle Media
Strong Eagle Media (SEM) is based in Beverly Hills, California and is a full-service Entertainment Company that develops, produces, distributes, and markets entertainment content in all mediums Worldwide. Most recently, the Principals at Strong Eagle directed and produced the critically-acclaimed feature length documentary The Hornet’s Nest, produced the feature film entitled The Perfect Game and the feature length documentaries entitled Running the Sahara, For Right or Wrong, and La Source. The Principals at Strong Eagle Media have collected over 200 awards, including numerous awards at major film festivals around the world. More information can be found at http://www.strongeaglemedia.com.

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