'Justice for All' film explores issue of veteran court system in NHBy SHAWNE K. WICKHAM
New Hampshire Sunday News
September 13. 2017 11:54PM
CONCORD — The world premiere of “Justice for All,” a film about New Hampshire’s efforts to create a “veterans track” within the court system, will be held Tuesday at Red River Theatres, 11 S. Main St.
Filmmaker Dan Marcek, founder of Vetflix Inc., said he hopes the film and a panel discussion that follows will encourage more community support for the expansion of veterans courts in New Hampshire.
“It’s really about engaging the public with the issues of veterans in the justice system,” he said.
“‘Justice for All,’” Marcek said, “explores the story of a real veteran and his spouse, and their story of what happened when he came back from service with some adjustment issues ... and ended up in the court system.”
It’s also depicts “the benefit of having a court that dealt with his needs as opposed to putting him in jail,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Legislature passed a law allowing circuit and superior courts to establish veterans tracks with special services to address substance abuse and mental health issues. It takes effect Jan. 1.
Maj. Gen. William Reddel, adjutant general for the New Hampshire National Guard, will give the welcome address at the Sept. 19 film premiere.
After the screening, a panel discussion will feature Judge James Leary, who sits on the veterans court in Nashua; Diane Levesque, court liaison for the VA Medical Center; State Trooper Seth Gahr; and Rob and Erin Kirby, who are featured in the film.
Formed in 2010, Vetflix.org is a nonprofit based in Brookline. Its mission is to produce films featuring veterans’ wartime experiences.
Doors open at 5 p.m.; the free screening is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the panel discussion. Seating is limited; pre-register at nhjusticeforall.eventbrite.com.