The documentary THE WAY WE GET BY first aired on Veterans Day 2009: "Sometimes all it takes is a handshake to change a life." The documentary is now available online in its entirety through December 12, 2009, at www.pbs.org/pov:
On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine.The RETURNING HOME PROJECT was developed by THE WAY WE GET BY filmmakers Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly along with the Bluehouse Group and through the Bay Area Video Coalition's program Producers Institute for New Media Technologies.
The Way We Get By is an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living.
Bill Knight, Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet find the strength to overcome their personal battles and transform their lives through service. This inspirational and surprising story shatters the stereotypes of today's senior citizens as the greeters redefine the meaning of community.
Visit the RETURNING HOME PROJECT website, which just launched, to ensure that American soldiers are not forgotten.
Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the novel MRS. LIEUTENANT and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. Her newest project is www.FilmsThatSupportOurTroops.com.
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