Today in the Surround: Info about an amazing veterans’ service, It’s A Small World at KLRN, and an invite for a free movie on Thurs April 13 at the Pearl.

from Eva’s desk:  

I’ve been out and about connecting with local San Antonio resources for veterans, and sharing information about our production of 9 Circles. Zach and I feel strongly about fully unpacking this play’s challenging issues and connecting different communities to one another through the story.

Last week I met with the incredible folks at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Family Endeavors, Inc. – this team is doing amazing work for veterans and their families in our community and beyond. Their perspective: Mental wounds are just as difficult to heal as physical wounds – and treating them is just as important.

Director Kat Cole and Outreach & Life Skills Coordinator Christopher Vidaurre met with me and shared their passion for the service they are providing. I got a tour of the facility here and so much care has been put into each space.

Veterans and their families are eligible for free or low-cost, personalized, and evidence-based mental health care along with access to comprehensive case management support and referrals to deal with other stresses like unemployment, finances, housing, and legal issues. They have yoga classes, childcare, marriage clinics, and a growing list of recreational and social programs to enrich the lives of veterans and their families. It’s really incredible work.

In a “this is a small world” moment, I had shared our company’s mission with a friend at KLRN and it turns out my new friends at the clinic would be on a panel this week at an important screening in the IndieLens Pop-Up series. We were invited to attend, watch the film, and participate in the community discussion.

Documentary film NATIONAL BIRD follows whistle-blowers in the military who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war.


Catch an advanced screening of #NationalBirdPBS on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. as part of our #IndieLens Pop-Up at The Historic Pearl Studio.

The film screening will be moderated by president & CEO of SA 2020, Molly Cox, and will include a panel discussion with Kat Col, Clinic Director at Cohen Military Family Clinic at Family Endeavors San Antonio, Luis Cortes, Commander DAV 114 at DAV, and Queta L. Rodriguez, Bexar County Veterans Service Office.

To RSVP, visit


KLRN and Independent Lens announce the launch of the new season of Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community conversations around films from the award-winning PBS series.

Indie Lens Pop-Up brings viewers, leaders, and organizations together for conversations sparked through sneak previews of documentaries, strengthening the bond between local communities and the Independent Lens television series broadcast on KLRN.


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