On December 11, 2013, Paralyzed Veterans of America joined Comcast, NBC Universal and other veterans service organizations for a reception and special screening of Lone Survivor, a new movie starring Mark Wahlberg that tells the story of the failed U.S. Navy SEAL Team 10’s mission Operation Red Wings in Afghanistan in 2005.
Paralyzed Veterans National Senior Vice President Al Kovach, Jr. with Booz Allen Hamiliton leaders & Paralyzed Veterans supporters Pam Hardy & Christine Hoisington at the premiere of Lone Survivor in Washington, DC, December 11, 2013.
The reception and special screening at the U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Theater in Washington, D.C., included members of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s executive board and council, including National Senior Vice President and former U.S. Navy SEAL Al F. Kovach Jr. Representatives from Capitol Hill, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Labor Department’s veteran program also attended the event, along with several Paralyzed Veterans of America sponsors, including Agility, Altria, Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, GE Aviation and Leidos.
Lone Survivor – which is based off of the eyewitness account of author Marcus Luttrell in the New York Times bestselling book of the same name – chronicles the incredible tale of four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level al-Qaeda operative who are ambushed by enemy forces in Afghanistan. The film will debut in Los Angeles and New York on December 25, 2013, and in theaters everywhere January 10, 2014.
Paralyzed Veterans of America’s participation in the reception and special screening represents its heightened relationship with Comcast and NBC Universal. Philadelphia-based Comcast will serve as a media sponsor for the 2014 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, taking place August 12-17, 2014, in Philadelphia.
The film also sheds light on the many challenges our nation’s soldiers face when transitioning from the battlefield into civilian life, complexities in which Paralyzed Veterans of America is uniquely positioned to handle as a partner for life to our nation’s veterans.
Paralyzed Veterans of America thanks Comcast and NBC Universal and all of its corporate partners for the opportunity to participate in the event.
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Brittany Ballenstedt is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in several publications, including Government Executive, National Journal, Technology Daily and NextGov.com.