Women account for roughly 14 percent of the active-duty U.S. military and more than 24 percent of the National Guard, yet they often receive less than a hero’s welcome upon their return to civilian life. Many face poverty, homelessness and joblessness; deal with the psychological and physiological effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from military sexual trauma and combat related injuries; and often receive poor service from a Veterans Administration ill-equipped and, in some cases, unwilling to help them. The Emmy -nominated documentary WAR ZONE/COMFORT ZONE uncovers the plight of these veterans through the intense and personal stories of four women veterans coping with life after their military service. Each seeks a sense of normalcy and peace without the benefit of a comprehensive support system. WAR ZONE/COMFORT ZONE weaves together intimate interviews with the story of two women – Shalini Madaras and Joy Kiss – struggling to establish transitional housing for homeless female veterans in Bridgeport, Connecticut, despite virulent community opposition.
Airs 3/25 at 7 p.m.; 3/26 at midnight; 3/26 at 8 a.m.; 3/26 at 2 p.m.; 3/31 at 4 a.m.