Sunday, September 28, 2014

Movie Night: Fort Bliss

For movie night last night, we chose Fort Bliss. WOW! While I'm aware of the sacrifice that our men and women in uniform give to our country, this movie was a reminder that it is much, much more. How often I forget the families, the children, the relationships of these soldiers and how hard it is to really have to choose sometimes between duty to country and duty to family. And where does thinking about your own well-being fit in? This story in particular made me really think about things through a mother's perspective. My heart broke when Maggie came home after 15 months in Afghanistan, only to be completely rejected by her 5 year old son. I can't even imagine how hard it is to be away from your family for so long, missing so much time with your children, and all the while, risking your life for your country. I need to see movies like this to remind me to faithfully  remember and pray for all of the men and women who serve so selflessly.
~Movie Info~
Written, Directed, and Produced by Claudia Myers
Starring: Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Manolo Cardona, Gbenga Aikinnagbe, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Pablo Schreiber
 Decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother Maggie Swann (Michelle Monaghan) returns home from an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her five-year-old son has been broken. As she struggles to reclaim his affection, life after deployment is made more difficult by her persistent memories of Afghanistan. When news of another deployment threatens the fragile balance she has achieved, she must find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier.

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