The Student Activities Office held a showing of Where Soldiers Come From last Wednesday in Kochoff Hall.
The movie is an independent film about a bunch of friends from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan that joined the Michigan National Guard in 2008.
Best friends Dominic and Cole decided to join because of benefits such as a $20,000 signing bonus and college tuition support. Soon after, many of their friends decided to join and eventually all were sent to Afghanistan for nine months. Their job for the Army was sweeping for roadside bombs.
You could tell how the war changed the group over in Afghanistan and the families of those in Houghton, Michigan. One of the biggest injuries coming back to the states was TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury. It’s an injury you cannot see, but it damages your brain and gives you concussions from the inside from all the bombs going off near you.
It doesn’t look like the war many civilians envision while living their lives here in the United States of America.
“This movie has changed my general outlook on the military because at one point I wanted to join the military because I thought it would be a great thing to do after high school and after watching what those guys went through I’m glad I didn’t,” said freshman Matthew Myers.
Many people witnessed the horrific details of war just like these men did. Justin Judkins, a veteran of Afghanistan said, “…[this film] shows how war changes you.”
One statistic he thinks should have been included into the film was that “…6,000 veterans commit suicide every year and 150,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.”
These soldiers go through a lot in Afghanistan, from what you saw in this film. It can change any man or woman that heads over there to fight for our country.
If you are looking for a film that is spot on about war today, watch Where Soldiers Come From. The Student Activities Office will be showing more films for their Leadership Lens Film Series, continuing in the winter semester.
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