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SCV director needs help to finish ‘The Weight of Honor’

Posted: May 19, 2016 8:18 p.m.
Updated: May 19, 2016 8:18 p.m.
An image from "The Weight of Honor,” a film that features catastrophically injured veterans and their families. Courtesy photo. An image from "The Weight of Honor,” a film that features catastrophically injured veterans and their families. Courtesy photo.
An image from "The Weight of Honor,” a film that features catastrophically injured veterans and their families. Courtesy photo.
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A Santa Clarita Valley documentary team kicked off a fundraising campaign earlier this week as team members work to complete “The Weight of Honor,” a film that features catastrophically injured veterans and their families.

Stephanie Howard, a Valencia resident who produced and directed the film, has been following family caregivers for four years and has recently completed shooting the primary photography. Funds raised on Indiegogo between Monday and June 24 will go toward the editing process.

Rodger Howard, producer and photographer of the film, said it was a good time to launch the campaign as part of Military Appreciation Month in May.

The first goal is to raise $23,000.

“Here in the Santa Clarita Valley, people are very sensitive, concerned and connected with the military community,” Stephanie Howard said.

She felt that connection herself and after attending an event for wounded warriors four years ago, Howard said she knew there was a story to tell.

The film is about veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Howard said, but it focuses on family caregivers — the parents, siblings, spouses and children — who continue to provide daily care to the man or woman who returns home injured.

“The families are impacted forever,” Howard said.

“As Americans we’re predisposed to think about the sacrifices and challenges of our veterans. As a filmmaker I was compelled to dig deeper by looking at the impact the war on terror has had on family caregivers.

“These selfless individuals are the unsung heroes, caring for our veterans against insurmountable odds, often without the respect or recognition they deserve,” Howard said.

“We want people to join our community and participate in helping us complete this worthwhile film.”

To learn more about “The Weight of Honor,” visit www.TheWeightofHonorMovie.com.

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