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A GRUNT'S TALE

A tribute to Vietnam Veterans on this Veterans' Day. Award-winning parallel story of a Khe Sanh Vietnam Veteran and the young black woman employed by his sister who helps him work through his debilitating PTSD.

At the heart of this story is Elvina Johnson. She is an unlikely hero  a poor black woman from the South who travels to Washington D.C. to work for a white family whose matron must stay in bed during a difficult pregnancy. She is accepted unconditionally by the Sanders and becomes a beloved member of their family. Georgina Sanders brother, Kurt Wojo Wojiski is simultaneously fighting as a Marine at Khe Sanh, Vietnam, undergoing the hellish conditions of a 77-day siege by the North Vietnamese. Kurt returns home a changed man. spiralling downward, drinking alone, except for his shift as a bartender for his fellow Marine, Broadway, who owns a jazz club downtown. No one in Kurts family is able to successfully help him return to the life he had before he left for Vietnam. Only Elvina is able to reach him by stressing Theres nothing more that you can do for the dead, its the living who need you the most now, bringing him back to the present and his family responsibilities.

Script Excerpt
Written by:
Format:
Screenplay
Starring Roles For:
20-ish Black Actress, awkward type
20s male
20s male, mixed-race
In the Vein Of:
A Year of Living Dangerously
Platoon
Band of Brothers
Posted:
01/06/2010
Updated:
11/11/2019
Author Bio:
Justine Allen Cowan juscowan1964@gmail.com

Justine Cowan has been a writer, in various capacities, for30 years. Her first screenplay "A Grunt's Tale" was awarded Honorable Mention in the 77th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition(out of 17,000 entries). "A Grunt's Tale" was also recognized as a top winner in the SkyFest I 2008 Script Competition.

Justine's other completed screenplays include "The Octopus Charmer"(which was also recognized as a top winner in the SkyFest I 2008 Script Competition)and "Flashdrive" and "Janie Loves Bollywood".

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Contest Results:
Writer's Digest (Honorable Mention) [2007]
SkyFest (Honorable Mention) [2007]