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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Must see film - now showing near you?

I blogged about it here and here, and on Friday, March 27th it opened in the following additional cities:

Oceanside, CA (near Camp Pendleton)
Savannah, GA (near Ft Stewart)
Decatur, IL
Cleveland Heights, OH
Dayton, OH (near Wright-Patterson AFB)
Killeen, TX (near Ft Hood)
San Antonio, TX (near Ft Sam Houston)

Starting April 3rd, folks in these places will be able to see it too:

Monterey, CA (near Presidio)
Colorado Springs, CO
Augusta, GA (near Ft Gordon)
Shreveport, LA (near Barksdale AFB)
Clarksville, TN (near Ft Campbell)
El Paso, TX
Hampton, VA (near Langley AFB)
Norfolk, VA (near Norfolk Naval Station)

Theater details are HERE.

I highly recommend it!

Don't wait for the DVD, go see it in the theater.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

In case you missed it too...

March 25th was Medal of Honor Day. I didn't know it until I saw Blackfive's post earlier tonight.

Greyhawk has an amazing round up of write-ups on many of those awarded the Medal of Honor, the "the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force" that can be bestowed on members of our military.

I liked MaryAnn in Germany's post too.

Take some time - whatever the date - to read up on these amazing stories.

Friday, March 20, 2009

More on "Brothers at War" - updated


Marc Miller, Director of Photography for "Brothers at War", stopped by this blog and I wanted to pull two things from his comments on my post below:

1 - For those near Akron, Ohio, the film opened today:

* Akron (Ohio National Guard), Regal Interstate Park 18 - Regal Cinemas - http://regalcinemas.com/

2 - Re-posting some of Marc's comment here:

"As one of the two Directors of Photography...I can testify that what you see on screen is what we shot....the character, intelligence, courage and commitment of our service men and women is beyond what expected"

Update: check out this clip from the premiere in Georgia

Update: I noted the credit for the Five for Fighting song, "Brothers in Arms", at the theater, but then forgot about it. Hugh Hewitt featured the song this week and you can listen to it here.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

"Brothers At War" -- A "must see" documentary


It will surprise you. I agree with Laughing Wolf that it left me wanting more, but in a good way.

I commented to my friend Maggie that there was a simple frankness to it that showed both the harsh realities and the sweetness of life. Truly. It's a special film.

It seemed to strike a cord with those in the audience with me, too. I'd spoken to a vet (late 20's maybe?) before it started, and he was just hoping it portrayed vets better than "Stop-Loss", which set the bar pretty low! He also mentioned that he might need to prep for deployment this spring (he's no longer active duty), and while his girlfriend clearly wasn't excited about that, he seemed accepting. On the other hand, he talked about his new civilian career with a lot of enthusiasm.

The film ends with footage of the younger brother boarding a plane for another deployment. As much as there is reluctance to leave, you can also see the sense of purpose and, yes, enthusiasm for the opportunity to do the job he's trained to do. The scene also reinforces the sense of closeness felt by those who serve together and for which there is no substitute.

As the credits began to roll, I noticed that the vet I'd spoken to got up and left the theater well ahead of everyone else. His girlfriend leaned down to say goodbye and to comment, "That was really good". I'll go out on a limb and say that I think that ending, showing the unit going off on another deployment, struck that vet hard. There's the pull of the mission and the opportunity to re-connect with fellow warriors, but then there's the pull of the new life he's created as a civilian. He likely has a choice ahead of him, one that most of us will never make or understand. It's a choice that our warriors make each time they decide whether to remain on active duty or in the reserves or to get out.

For everyone who has ever volunteered to serve, let alone volunteered to do it again and again and again, thank you. But I do want you to know, while we'll never walk a mile in your shoes, we civilians know that we're missing out on something. We don't envy you the hardships, but most of us envy that bond, and I can't help but think that that is simply your due.

Everyone: go see the film.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Look who came to dinner

I'm really bad with names. I even mentioned it last night at dinner.

But the funny thing was, his name stuck in my head. And I wondered, had I heard his name before?

Chances are I hadn't, but look at what I found:

"Injured Soldier’s perseverance inspires others"

And from a little earlier on in this Soldier's career was this post among Blackfive's "Someone You Should Know" series:

"Staff Sergeant Roy Mitchell - Someone You Should Know"

I couldn't agree more, that this is someone we all should know.

I've written numerous times that being a volunteer with Soldiers' Angels has put me in touch with people that inspire me. I've called them blessings of being an Angel.

In addition to the enormous challenge of just getting back to some sense of "normal", this soldier broke ground for the many that followed him. He was injured in Afghanistan in 2003, a full year before I became a member of Soldiers' Angels, and back when we all were just figuring out how to best to support our troops. But within the military he blazed a trail for those who wanted to "stay Army", despite their injuries. It took a while, but as you can read in the two articles, he's successfully made the transition and is contributing in an invaluable way.

Pleasure to meet you, Roy.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Calling all Cooks and Movie-goers!

Two things to bring to your attention:

Calling all Cooks! Founders of Honor Their Service (some info on their Facebook page) are putting together a Milbloggers Cookbook based on recipes from military bloggers and other lively folks who support our troops. They will sell the cookbook to raise funds for their programs, which include Operation Fresh Air, which I've written about over the last couple of years HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.

Got a recipe? They are accepting recipes for another day or so. Go HERE for details. MOST IMPORTANTLY, stay tuned for an update on where you can buy a copy!

Movie Alert! Screening this weekend in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA and some other cities across the country, is a new documentary, "Brothers at War". From their site:
"BROTHERS AT WAR is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake’s exploits as he risks everything—including his life—to tell his brothers’ story. Often humorous, but sometimes downright lethal, BROTHERS AT WAR is a remarkable journey where Jake embeds with four combat units in Iraq. Unprecedented access to U.S. and Iraqi combat units take him behind the camouflage curtain with secret reconnaissance troops on the Syrian border, into sniper "Hide Sites" in the Sunni Triangle, through raging machine gun battles with the Iraqi Army. Ultimately, the film follows his brothers home where separations and life-threatening work ripple through their parents, siblings, wives and children. BROTHERS AT WAR provides a rare look at the bonds and service of our soldiers on the frontlines and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind."
It's gotten good milblogger and "Angel" reviews, so I encourage you to check it out if it's showing in your neighborhood this weekend or later in the month. Go HERE for locations. Local theaters here seem to be showing the film at least into next week.

Go to the homepage and listen to the movie trailer.

If they inspire you, maybe you'll adopt one that is currently deployed? We've got 900+ interested in hearing from you!