Where Soldiers Come From

From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, Where Soldiers Come From follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. As it chronicles the young men’s transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again, the film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from — and the way one faraway conflict changes everything.

[POV: November 10, 2011] [♪♪] [children laughing] I've pretty much known Dom since I can remember. [♪♪] I basically just asked all my friends if they were interested in making money. So now there's, like, 8 or 9, almost 10 of us now. I just felt like I needed to do something with my life. [♪♪] [explosion] I think I'm not scared because some of the people I'd be going over there with I've been friends with all my life. It's kind of comforting to know that they're going to be there with you. It's just like being pregnant. It will be on your mind every day of your life. Every day until they get back. If something happens to 1 of them, just think how devastating it will be to the whole group. [explosion] Blown up, like, 10 fu**ing times. I can see you. How are you guys doing? Love you. >>Bye. [♪♪] [explosion] [♪♪] I've always felt pretty responsible for everyone because I was the first one to join. I hope no one's really messed up over it, but some people might be. [♪♪] [WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM] [POV - See more at pbs.org/pov] [♪♪]
Posted on BrainLine November 8, 2011.

Excerpted from  the documentary Where Soldiers Come From, POV on PBS. Used with permission. www.pbs.org/pov. Where Soldiers Come From premiered on PBS on Thursday, November 10, 2011. For more information on the film, click here.

In 2012, Where Soldiers Come From won a News and Documentary Emmy for "Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story, Long Form."