Over the next couple of weeks, while Deryle and I cut a trailer, I'll be posting some of the clips we're using and giving a little background. This clip really brought a lot of things into perspective for me. Those of us blessed never to have been in the midst of war have little notion of the impact on the individuals who prosecute them. We may be empathetic, but it's easy to move on to another subject. Through these veterans (who by the way are among the "survivors" in their cohort) I came to understand just a little bit better how heavy that burden is and how resilient and brave these men are for making an effort to come to terms with their war experience and then go one step further and humbly return to the old battlefields and offer to help. Hope you like the clip.
And though I've said it before, I'll say it again: Our leaders need to stop viewing military excursions in abstract terms. Real lives are destroyed or torn asunder when military action is taken. There is death and maiming not "collateral damage." And even the soldiers who come back seemingly unscathed find themselves troubled by the triggers and lanyards they have pulled--the humans they have killed--for the rest of their lives.