Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home

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An Endowment-wide initiative to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.

NEH seeks grant proposals that explore war and its aftermath, promote discussion of the experience of
military service, and support returning veterans and their families.



Produced and Directed by JulieHera DeStefano. A Production of Journey to Normal, Inc.

For director JulieHera DeStefano, Journey to Normal was inspired by hearing a young woman veteran on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, describing the challenge of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for a child after losing an arm. To explore the world of recent women veterans, DeStefano conducted more than a hundred interviews in Afghanistan, followed by many more across the United States. Through their personal accounts, the project aims to "turn the film over to the true storytellers, the women themselves."

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