Discussion Guide

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A documentary about growing up, Where Soldiers Come From offers an intimate look at some of the young men who fight our wars and the families and town they come from. Returning to her hometown, director Heather Courtney gains extraordinary access, following these young men as they grow and change from teenagers stuck in their town to 23-year-old veterans facing the struggles of returning home. As an outreach tool, Where Soldiers Come From looks beyond guns and policy to examine the effect of an ongoing war on soldiers, parents, loved ones and a whole community when young people go off to fight. This film provides one of the first and only available snapshots of the effects of combat from mobilization to deployment to return and reintegration.

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