Barrington Girl Scout captures stories of veterans in video documentary

by Rachel Baker on December 1, 2014

This is an awesome story! Great job by Ms. Culligan for her work on the film and Congratulations to her for receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award.

You should watch this, really!

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Barrington Girl Scout captures stories of veterans in video documentary

From the camera of a 17-year-old comes a wise and compelling look at the lives and experiences of military veterans. For its topicality and honesty, a film critic might reasonably award the documentary five stars.

“A Veterans View,” available on YouTube, is the work of Laura Culligan of Barrington. A year and a half in the making, it fulfills requirements she needed to receive the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive.

The roots of the documentary lie with Laura’s grandfather, a Korean War veteran who died when she was in fourth grade.

“He always used to tell us stories about his time in the service,” said Laura, a senior at Barrington High School, “but I wasn’t old enough to understand what that actually meant, what his stories were about.”

Armed with a video camera, she decided to find out. She would record stories of today’s veterans, from many different wars – once she found them.

For that, she turned to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employee who had been identified as a possible resource. Rochelle Fortin, a readjustment therapist at the Warwick Vet Center, welcomed Laura and helped arrange interviews of veterans on the staff of the Providence VA Medical Center.

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