Operation Homefront Teams Up With "The Way We Get By" To Give Military Children School Supplies

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Operation Homefront has teamed up with "The Way We Get By," a documentary about three senior citizens who serve as airport troop greeters, to give children of military families school supplies.

Operation Homefront has teamed up with "The Way We Get By," a documentary about three senior citizens who serve as airport troop greeters, to give children of military families school supplies.

"The Way We Get By" is a poignant look at loneliness, war, mortality and what it means to grow old in America. The documentary reminds us how our culture casts our elders - and too often our servicemembers -- aside.

The film focuses on three senior citizens who serve as airport troop greeters at Bangor International Airport in Maine, which serves as the main departure point for troops headed to the war in Iraq. The movie chronicles the inner strength of these three Americans as they conquer their fears and transform their lives. The troop greeters include:

  •     Joan Gaudet, a grandmother whose own granddaughter is being deployed.
  •     Jerry Mundy, who remains optimistic despite the loss of a close friend.
  •     Bill Knight, a veteran who battles cancer and debt.

In the spirit of service, the producers of the movie are encouraging attendees to donate new school supplies to Operation Homefront's Backpack Brigade program. Backpack Brigade distributes backpacks full of school supplies to military children of all ages who need a little help preparing for the school year. Items can be dropped off at each screening of the movie or to any Operation Homefront chapter.

In addition, from July 17-23, veterans and senior citizens may be eligible to receive one free ticket to attend the movie. Details on the movie and ticket giveaway are available from http://www.thewaywegetbymovie.com.

To locate your nearest Operation Homefront chapter, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net/chapters.asp.

About Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides emergency and morale assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for the wounded warriors when they return home. A nonprofit 501(c)(3), Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide, and has met more than 105,000 needs of military families. Operation Homefront also hosts the Web community Operation Homefront Online. For more information, please visit http://www.operationhomefront.net and http://www.homefrontonline.com.

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