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June 26, 2009

"The Way We Get By" Trailer

Ace already graciously posted a link to the website for this movie, but I wanted to give a personal perspective from someone who lives in the area and has seen just how amazing these troop greeters are, and how much their volunteer service means to those who put their lives on the line for our country.

Since the first Gulf War in 1991, a group of veterans and townspeople from the area have greeted every troop flight that arrives or departs from Bangor International Airport. They're so loyal to their mission that the airport set aside a permanent room for them.

I've been at the airport a couple of times when troop flights have arrived, and it's a moving experience. Soldiers file in and the minute they enter the terminal, the troop greeters start applauding, shaking hands and hugging the troops. In the troop greeter room, soldiers are given access to snacks and free cell phones they can use to call loved ones. Although I've never been a formal part of the troop greeting, when I'm at the airport and soldiers are there, I have taken the opportunity to shake a hand or clap for those who serve our country.

"The Way We Get By" follows the lives of three troop greeters. It's in limited release now, but at the movie website you can request a screening of the film in your area. The reviews, both from professional reviewers and those I know who have seen the movie, are extremely positive. If you can't get to a screening, the movie will be shown on Veteran's Day on public broadcasting.

Plug for the troop greeters: If you'd like to donate to their cause, here's the link. Your donations pay for the snacks and amenities given to the soldiers. All of the greeters are volunteers.

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