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September 26th, 2014
06:27 PM ET

Movie 'Fort Bliss' spotlights female soldier's tough return to family

(CNN) – Actress Michelle Monaghan stars in the new film "Fort Bliss," a movie that highlights the struggle of female service members trying to strike a balance between their roles as soldiers, and as mothers.

It is not your typical war movie.

"We're focusing on the struggles that the family incurs," Monaghan said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

Monaghan's character is a woman who is devoted to her country, and her child. "Moms are coming home from deployments, multiple deployments, and are faced with having to reconnect with their children, and their children not necessarily even recognizing them," she says.

"They're really struggling a lot, and this movie really sheds light on that," she said.

A study released Wednesday from the Disabled American Veterans found that support for female veterans is severely lacking.

The film was shot on location at Fort Bliss, among U.S. soldiers. Monaghan says she spent a lot of time with female soldiers who have children, women who are good at their jobs and have a strong sense of duty.

"These women are often times, sort of, judged as bad mothers because they decide to go to war, and not stay home," she said. "These women want to be acknowledged and recognized for their service, but also for being devoted parents, and knowing that they still can parent long-distance."

For more of our interview with actress Michelle Monaghan, check out the video above.

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