OSOT America will hold a screening of the documentary High Ground at the Judd Kendall VFW 3873 in Naperville at 7PM, Tues., October 23. Doors open at 6PM, admission is free and the VFW is located at 908 W. Jackson Ave. Donations will be accepted and used to purchase flags for 2012 Naperville Healing Field of Honor.
High Ground documents the determination of 11 veterans, with life altering injuries, and one Gold Star mother. They first train in Colorado and then climb Mt. Lobuche in the Himalayas. Along with recounting their wartime experiences, the veterans find teamwork, friendship, and healing on the journey.
The film was produced by Don Hahn, and directed by five-time Everest climber, and three-time Emmy winner Michael Brown. Associate producer Matt Murray is a Gulf War veteran of the USAF, a United Airlines pilot, and a mountain climber as well.
Featured in the film is Army Veteran, Steve Baskis. In May, 2008, while serving in Iraq, Steve sustained multiple injuries including the loss of his eyesight when an IED struck the vehicle he was in which he was riding. The blast also took the life of his friend who had been seated next to him.
Steve’s attitude from the beginning was to live as active a life as possible. He turned to the Hines VA Center Blind Unit in Maywood, IL to help him learn how to live fully with his new circumstances. OSOT America was then introduced to Steve through their support of the Blind Unit.
“OSOT America is proud to welcome Steve back for the showing of this inspiring movie. It has been a real honor to watch him progress through this journey with strength and courage that is truly awesome,” said Deb Rickert, President of OSOT America. “According to Steve, there is always something you can do and it is up to you to find that internal drive to move forward. Never dwell on the negative, drive forward as fast and as hard as you can.”
The Healing Field will display 2,012 full sized American flags in an effort to raise funds and awareness of veteran’s injuries. Flags can be purchased the night of the film, online at www.healingfield.org/naperville-il-2012 or by calling Fundraiser Chair Anna Zimmerman at (630) 212-5426 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.