California Premiere, Arizona, Washington, and more!

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IMTW Boise Premiere attendees
The Idaho Premiere featured four phenomenal wives from the film; Carman Hinson, Laura Nickel, Terri Topmiller, and Sally Jackson

Before reporting our latest news, we wish to express our gratitude to Executive Producer Norma Jaeger for masterminding the spectacular Idaho premiere of I Married the War in Boise on May 4 at the elegant Riverside Hotel in Boise. A capacity crowd gave the film and the wives (above) a rousing standing ovation. The delicious buffet and a multitude of booths hosted by organizations supporting veterans added to the success of the evening. Thanks also to the many others who helped in one way or another, and to those who came from near and far to attend. It wouldn’t have been such a success without you.

Special guests at the Warhawk Air Museum, Angie Spaulding, Kacey Nelson, Sarah Keller

We also wish to thank the world-class Warhawk Air Museum and Mission43 of the J. A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation for the wonderful July 23 showing of I Married the War at the museum. We thank Angie, Kacey and Sarah (above) for their forthright, thought-provoking comments during the panel discussion. The folks at Mission43 arranged for a lovely catered buffet and mimosas, and the Warhawk pulled out all the stops to make this another welcoming, memorable event. They now carry I Married the War DVDs year ’round in their gift shop.

Sonoma State University Premiere

Next up is the California premiere of I Married the War hosted by the illustrious Sonoma Film Institute at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. There will be two screenings: September 16 at 7 PM, and September 18 at 4 PM. Doors open 1/2 hour before showtime. Admission is free, but the institute would appreciate a $5 donation. It takes place at Ives Hall in the Warren Auditorium. The film will be followed by a Q&A discussion with producers/directors Betty and Ken Rodgers, and the film’s music composer, Sarah Baker. Others involved with the film will also be present. Please come celebrate with us and bring a friend! https://sfi.sonoma.edu/schedule

October ushers in a screening at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on the 8th, and then for the general public on the 9th at The Loft Cinema in Tucson.
Doors open at 1:00 PM, and the film will be followed by a panel discussion. More details are available at this link: https://loftcinema.org/film/i-married-the-war/

Mark your calendar! The Bavarian Lodge in the beautiful community of Leavenworth, WA, will be the site of the Washington premiere on November 12! Details are coming together, and we’ll post them when available. Hosted by the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce.

If you want to bring I Married the War to your community, please contact us immediately.

We are delighted to announce that I Married the War is now available for educational access at https://video.alexanderstreet.com/watch/i-married-the-war. This came about because several university instructors asked us to make the film available for use in their curriculum. This is such a helpful way to educate students about the impact of war on spouses and families. Please help us spread the word to educators.

We now have a “Watch” tab on our website with links for educators, for purchasing DVDs, and for viewing at home on Vimeo.

Thank you for your continuing support and interest in this important and timely topic,

Betty and Ken

6 Responses

  1. Barry Hart
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    I think you both have done a wonderful job in keeping the Vietnam Veterans and their spouses on the front burner. You both should be commended for your tireless effort in spotlighting the real tragedies of war. I pray God’s continued blessings on you and yours!

    • Betty Rodgers
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      Thank you for your kind remarks, Barry. We couldn’t do this without support and encouragement from good folks like you. It means the world to us.

  2. Anne Smith
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    You continue to inspire me Betty. As a Vietnam veteran’s widow, I did marry the war. And while my husband has passed, and has (I pray) found peace, I have not. I see so many still suffering the effects – and think “what can I do?” By helping veterans and their families, I help myself and honor my husband’s memory. So, I support you! Thank you for all your efforts.

    • Betty Rodgers
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      Thank you so much, Anne. You are to be applauded for your efforts to help others, and you’re right. There are so many! That’s why we made the film. It seemed like the best way to reach the most people and help bring information and healing. Thank you for whatever you are doing to spread the word about the film. Your help and continued encouragement are invaluable to us. My personal condolences to you regarding the loss of your husband.

  3. Malia Plevney
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    Thank you Betty for your hard work and education sharing the effects of PTSD and so much more.
    I am looking forward to meeting you at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Sunday September 18th.
    Malia

    • Betty Rodgers
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      Malia! This is wonderful news. Thanks for letting us know. We, too, look forward to meeting you.
      The Other Betty 🙂

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