There was no chance taken in the HBO premier of “Taking Chance”. A story about a wounded warrior coming home after giving his all in Iraq. Another warrior realizing some pain and feeling guilty for not being deployed.
There is a scene where a Colonel in a briefing is figuring the correct number of replacement troops to send to Iraq to replace fallen warriors and most of his advisors in the conference room hadn’t deployed yet. He asks their advice and they recommend a lower number to send. He ends up siding with what the deployed commanders were requesting vise what his non deployed Marines were recommending. My better half hates watching any sort of military movie with me because I will call out mistakes and discrepancies. I found myself saying yip, that’s exactly how it is, looks, sounds. I have had the honor to meet the airplanes at Dover to escort the heroes off and coordinate them with . They are heavy. Ice melts but the very first thing we do when we walk up to the flag draped coffins on the plane is pull out and replace the American flags that have been tainted or has flaws. The movie was exactly how it goes. Being one of the last escorts to depart is heart wrenching because you get mentally worked honoring warriors time and again only to wait for yours. The movie wasn’t melodramatic; I would have been the first to call it out. The movie tried to capture the overwhelming awe of honor displayed when these warriors are on the move. There is nothing you can say when being an escort that will show the honor due, the casket usually does it all.
If you didn’t get to see the movie it is coming out on CD soon. Semper Fi & God Bless all of those who gave all.