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Your Welcome Story > From Nicci, recently screened the film in prep. for a Host a Screening Presentation

I tried to figure out how to say thank you to the Veterans in the film who shared themselves so selflessly first in battle, then with each other, then on stage — and now: Everywhere. So, I guess I will say thank you in the style of the retreat. I’ll share in writing as if I got to sit in the chair.

#1 — I haven’t had a craving for a cigarette in the 5.5 years since I quit. I wouldn’t mind one right about now. (That will pass.)

#2 — About halfway into the film, I started to feel like my dog was being a real pest. Ordinarily, if I watch a film or read, he plops down nearby. But here he was sitting up — and had been... For a very, very long time; with his head in my lap.

Dash is a golden retriever who, when not on a trail run, does his “bear rug impression”: Lying down, chin on the floor, splayed out and snoozing — that’s his whole day. Especially if I am sitting still.

I think the sharing of the Veterans in the film touches people in a place that is so profound that even my dog picked up on it. In the six years since I got Dash as a puppy, no matter how much I cried — or what I cried about — he never, not once, put his head in my lap for even five minutes, much less 90. There was obviously some different vibe about me during that space in time. Amazing to me, truly.

Every American should see this film. Everyone who has been touched by any war in any country should see this film — there isn’t thanks enough.

~Nicci, AIMS

August 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterBill Mc Millan