DH and I got married April 20, 2009 and moved to Fort Campbell 3 days later. I wish I could say that this year has not been as bad as I feared. In fact, it's been far, far worse than I could have ever imagined. I still hate Fort Campbell, I still am ambivalent about the Army, and I've developed a nervous tic that kicks in every time I hear a Southern drawl. But, it can only get better from here, or so I keep telling myself. DH tells me that if we can make it through this year, in this place, we can make it through anything. I think he's probably right about that.
But, this week isn't all bad. Thursday I am going to see Restrepo at Fort Campbell, and I am so psyched about that I can hardly stand it. Thank you to the people at National Geographic for setting up the screening!! My husband asked me if I was sure I wanted to see it, knowing he's going to be in country in less than 16 weeks. He's afraid seeing it will scare me even more and make me worry more, but I want to see it. I want to know what his reality will be when he's there, and I want to try and understand what our husbands, friends, sons, and brothers (and wives, friends, daughters and sisters) are going through so that I can understand more about what they need here at home to deal with it.
One news organization said that The Hurt Locker belonged on the list of 100 Must See Modern Movies but I say Restrepo belongs there. If there is one movie that everyone should see, this is it. No politics, no agenda, no Hollywood effects...just the day to day experiences of the soldiers we are sending into combat and who are coming home broken, confused, and with mental and physical wounds that are still raw years later. I will be writing all about it after I get back from the screening on Thursday!
Restrepo WILL be released in theatres before the fall screening on National Geographic TV. Read the official press release for information on when/where it will be screening. I know it will be screening in KY the first weekend of July.
The "big" FRG meeting, the one giving us all the details of where our husbands will be deployed and what their mission will be etc etc is ironically just a couple of hours after the film screening. I am already laying in the vodka that I am sure I will that need after I get home.