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Max Opening Weekend Screenings Hosted by IAVA

Members coordinate family VetTogethers at theaters across the nation

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NEW YORK (June 22, 2015) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), in partnership with Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM, will host nationwide VetTogethers Saturday, June 27 for screenings of Max – a touching family-friendly film about a military working dog and his handler. Complimentary tickets and pre-screening events are offered to IAVA members and their families in more than 35 cities nationwide, and IAVA will have support and program information at each event.

The film, loosely based on a true story, follows the journey of a military working dog whose handler is tragically killed in Afghanistan. Traumatized, the dog is adopted by the family the Marine left behind.

“This film is about much more than a hero dog,” said IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff. “It is about the more than 2,500 military working dogs that served alongside our service men and women, saving countless lives. It’s also about how these remarkable dogs continue to support our veterans on the homefront, helping service members and their families heal from the invisible wounds of war. We think it’s important to share this film with Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and their families, while connecting them with others who fully understand and appreciate the sacrifice and resiliency of military families.”

This release of Max, which directly tackles the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced by both veterans and service animals working in combat zones, is timely as the nation recognizes June as PTSD Awareness Month. Service dogs are known to provide emotional support to individuals suffering from depression, stress and anxiety, including veterans dealing with PTSD. VA research is underway to better understand the range of service a dog can provide for veterans coping with PTSD.

The IAVA members can click here to register for a VetTogether screening in their area.

Note to media: Email press@iava.org or call 212-982-9699 to speak with IAVA CEO and Founder Paul Rieckhoff or IAVA leadership.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.IAVA.org) is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. As a non-profit founded in 2004, IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite and empower post-9/11 veterans. Celebrating its 12th year anniversary, IAVA has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided more than 7,300 veterans with personalized support from IAVA’s Master’s level social workers.