The documentary follows a Montana fishing outfitter Mike Geary and his team of volunteers while they take
severely injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from Walter Reed down an isolated river. The film by Edward Nachtrieb,
methodically delves deep into each veterans’ experiences. The service people have suffered the loss of limbs or from
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); many challenges are evident in the film. Surrounded
by the quiet beauty of one of America’s great fishing rivers, volunteers led participants
on an expedition in May of 2007 as cameras followed along. In a rare light moment in the film, the
servicemen brag about the fish they caught or that got away. With bravado, US Army Iraq veteran, Mackay Mathiason said, “,
“It was like this”, holding his arms wide, “it was like jaws.”
|All The Way Home
All the Way Home; Bravery on the
Home Front is raw and honest, powerful and disturbing. It is
a wakeup call for Americans to create healing spaces for our veterans; most served valiantly at great personal, physical and
psychological costs. The men and women of our armed forces and their families sacrificed and earned our respect, now we need
to serve and support them.
The President and Founder of the National
Veterans Foundation (NVF), Shad Meshad said “There hasn’t been a movie or documentary or a creative piece like
this that has moved me so much.” The NVF runs “Lifeline for Vets,” a crisis hotline that has fielded
over a quarter of a million calls from veterans in need of emergency medical treatment, suicide intervention, post-traumatic
stress disorder counseling, benefit advocacy, food, shelter, employment training or legal aid.
the Way Home was shown this July
in Congress by Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, to help lawmakers understand the issues
facing returning soldiers, and has been recommended by leading veterans’ advocacy groups.