Documentary Gives Us The Real Afghanistan Experience Of Our Troops

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Have you seen the 2010 documentary “Restrepo”? It is a documentary film about the Afghanistan war, directed by American journalist Sebastian Junger and British photojournalist Tim Hetherington.

The filmmakers spent a year in Afghanistan embedded with the Second Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army in the Korangal Valley.

The 2nd Platoon is depicted defending the outpost named after a platoon medic who was killed earlier in the campaign, PFC Juan Sebastián Restrepo, a Colombian-born naturalized U.S. citizen.

Restrepo is a film not just about the events of combat, but also about brotherhood. The documentary shows the dedication to their duty as a soldier and their commitment to one another as brothers.

The film is narrated by several men who fought with PFC Juan S. Restrepo.

As much as possible, it’s important to understand what they go through and offer our support when they return home.

We need to listen with sensitivity, without judgment, as they make their transition back to civilian life.

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