A few weeks ago, the annual "storm the hill" events took place in Washington. Students, activists and change makers were in abundance around the capitol and legislative buildings. I had the pleasure of being there to take part in the mission and represent the team behind Homemade. On one hand, Homemade is the story of a very specific population. There truly are few Marines and even fewer Force Recon Marines who have experienced combat. However, the truth is that Homemade is also a story that connects beyond this specific community and reflects where we are in American culture today. Disconnected, driven to our limits on a quest for "achievement" in sacrifice of our health and happiness.
During my time in Washington, I deepened my understanding of the agenda of our partner IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) and why they are focused on these six priorities (of which #1 and #6 are major focus areas of ours). I spoke with representatives from Congressman Moulton, Ruiz, Takano, Connolly, Craig and Senator Tester's office and am inspired by their commitment to further the bipartisan support around policies which will improve the lives of veterans and military families.
These meetings and the genuine enthusiasm of the teams working to push forward these policy reinstated my trust in democracy and made me incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to participate in this conversation as a representative of the Homemade team and a concerned citizen of the United States.
- Tess Fenn, Homemade Impact Producer