Dinner-movie serves military families

Dinner-movie serves military familiesBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

The Ridgecrest Veterans Advisory Council, with Crossroads Community Church, will offer a free dinner and movie to to the public on Friday, April 5, in honor of military veterans and their families.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Crossroads. Once dinner has been served, the church will screen the 2018 film “Indivisible,” based on the true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner during the Iraq war.

The movie addresses Turner’s struggle to help other soldiers keep their families whole under the strain of deployment, while experiencing his own familial struggles.

“I had two years in Vietnam, and my wife was home with the kids, so we could relate,” said Pastor Bill Corley, a retired Marine pilot who served in Vietnam from 1969-71.

“The goal of this is to reach out to veterans, military and their families and just say thanks. And to remind the community of the sacrifices that are made.

“Being deployed is just so hard on families,” he said. One pointed scene from the movie that he mentioned is when Turner arrives in Iraq and the first thing he’s given is a huge stack of divorces that the deployed men and women have undergone or are going through.

“It’s a powerful moment where his idealism is confronted by one of the realities of war.”

Corley added that the film includes interviews with some of the actual people who are portrayed in the story.

Nick and Carol Coy of the Veterans Advisory Council also helped coordinate this event.

“We just offer anything to veterans that we can,” said Carol. “If they need groceries or a hotel room, we do whatever we can. Usually we end up connecting them with larger agencies that can do more for them.

“We’re small, but being a small group we don’t have a set of guidelines of what we can and can’t do for people. People fall on hard times, and we just do what we can to help them.”

The VAC doesn’t have an office, but anyone seeking help for veterans or more information can call Carol at 760-608-9251.

VAC representatives, as well as members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Patriot Guard Riders, will be present at the event to answer questions about how they serve veterans, or to just chat.

“We really are honored to be involved with this and to play a part in supporting Nick and Carol and their heroic efforts to support veterans in this town,” said Corley.

For more information call Crossroads at 760-384-3333.

Story First Published: 2019-03-29