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Concerned Veterans For America and the GI Film Festival Announce New Short Video Contest

By Concerned Veterans for America


Contact: Kate Pomeroy | 703-638-3927


Top Three Video Submissions to receive cash prizes and “official selection status” at GI Film Festival DC, May 19-25, 2014

 Arlington, VirginiaThe GI Film Festival ( announced today that the veterans advocacy organization Concerned Veterans for America ( is sponsoring a video contest in partnership with the festival entitled, “The VA Experience.” The contest focuses on the experiences of American military servicemen and women with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), specifically VA healthcare and/or the disability claims process. The video must be between three to five minutes in length and submitted no later than April 16, 2014. There is no submission fee required to participate. The top five videos as determined by the festival’s panel of judges, will be screened at the 2014 GI Film Festival in Washington, DC, May 19-25, 2014 as “official selections,” and will be posted on the GI Film Festival website. The top three winning videos will be awarded cash and prizes that include:

  • $5,000 and 2 VIP tickets to the 2014 DC GI Film Festival (grand prize)
  • $3,000 and 2 VIP tickets to the 2014 DC GI Film Festival (second prize)
  • $1,000 and 2 VIP tickets to the 2014 DC GI Film Festival (third prize)

For contest rules and/or to submit a video, visit HERE ( GIFF, a 501c3 non-profit organization described as “Sundance for the Troops,” preserves the stories of veterans through film, television and training. GI Film Festival events provide an exceptionally diverse line-up of programming, covering all branches of service, every major conflict, and every major film genre while addressing a variety of issues of concern to the veteran community, including post-traumatic stress, homelessness, and unemployment. “The GI Film Festival is all about showcasing the ground truth experience of our men and women in uniform in combat and back on the home-front,” said GI Film Festival co-founder and President Brandon Millett.  “With so many veterans coming home after service in Iraq and Afghanistan, healthcare is of primary concern for service-members and their families.  We  believe this video contest will put the spotlight on what we are doing right and what we need to improve as we seek to take care of those who have sacrificed so much for our country.” CVA, a 501c4 veterans and military families organization, works with veterans and military families to advance reform on issues that impact veterans, their families, and all Americans. CVA seeks to translate the experiences, concerns, and hopes of military veterans and their families into a common vision of liberty and freedom—and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is central to the organization’s mission. “The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is charged with serving our nation’s veterans in every way possible. And while some veterans have a good experience, many others are frustrated by long-wait times or substandard care,” said Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America.  “The goal of this contest is to channel the stories of veterans and their experiences—good and bad—toward reforms that make VA more effective. CVA is honored to partner with GIFF, and provide a platform for veterans and their families to share their stories.”

For more information, please contact Kate Pomeroy at or 703-638-3927

The GI Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and neither supports nor opposes legislation or candidates for public office. Concerned Veterans for America is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)(4) organization that advocates for policies that preserve the freedom and prosperity veterans and their families sacrificed to defend.