Homecoming: Veterans, Wives, and Mothers

This past November 22nd the documentary screening with Roxanne Messina Captor, Filmmaker of Homecoming: Veterans, Wives and Mothers took place via an online community, largely of women attorneys and judges from the greater New York City and Long Island area.

Speakers included Roxanne Messina Captor plus the following notable contributors:

Linda Miles, U.S. Navy, Specialist, E-4, Retired 

Hon. Marcia P. Hirsch, Presiding Judge of the Queens Veterans Treatment Court 

Professor Helen Benedict, Columbia University, Author of The Lonely Soldier, Sand Queen and Wolf Season 

Margaret Carucci, Esq., Co-Chair-Queens County Women’s Bar Association, Veterans Affairs Committee Moderator- Fay Parris, QCWBA President and Co-Chair-QCWBA Veterans Affairs Committee 


Thank you for all the comments and kudos received! Here are just a few of them from this amazing event!

So inspired by these women who continue to show up for each other and women vets onward. Resilience, courage, compassion, vision for change. Thank you for sharing your powerful stories.

Sonja Montiel


Thank you for this powerful film. My question: How can we as women lawyers (and non-military citizens in general)  best support our female veterans (and all veterans)?

Bernice Siegal


Bravo on the film. Beautifully done. I am fascinated that these women opened up to you.  How did you go about recruiting them for the film?

Donna Decker


What an amazing testament to the strength, fortitude, perseverance, power (and empowerment) of women in the U.S. military  The stories were beautifully told, the witnesses so compelling, and the emotions so vividly captured by the filmmaker.

Frank Tobin


“I was very touched by this film. Portrayed the strength and self sacrifice of these brave women.” 

Honorable Judge Marcia Hirsch 

Honorable Marcia Hirsch


Excellent excellent program, what a phenomenal group of panelists!

Holly Shaw


As a mental health professional and University ersatz professor, I have attended many therapeutic court sessions in Queens and Nassau. What Hon. Hirsch has not discussed is the extraordinary judges who preside in these courts and maintain a stance of compassion, respect, wisdom, and commitment to serving those who appear before them. It is among the most inspiring and hopeful endeavors I had the privilege to experience and share with nursing students. Kudos to all!

Helen Benedict


Excellent excellent program, what a phenomenal group of panelists!

Joanne Quinones