SUMMARY: While more than 2 million men and women serve in the American military, a new documentary, “The Homefront,” focuses on the additional 3 million husbands, wives and children who remain behind, waiting for their loved ones to return from deployment. Hari Sreenivasan talks to documentary host Bob Woodruff, an ABC correspondent who was severely wounded while covering the war in Iraq.
HARI SREENIVASAN (NewsHour): While more than two million men and women serve in the country’s all-volunteer military force, a new documentary, “The Homefront (full episode 1:55),” focuses on the additional three million husbands, wives, sons and daughters who remain behind. They carry on their lives while a loved one is overseas for months, even more than a year, and sometimes on multiple deployments.
“Homefront” is part of PBS’ Military Voices initiative.
WOMAN: My name is Samantha Marie Van Fossen. I’m a specialist. I’m in the Army Reserve.
I joined hoping that I could get on a deployment as quick as I could, because I want to do good things for my country. The only thing that I have trouble with is just in leaving my family.
My mom, I know she’s — she’s not going to want to see me go. And my dad, he’s going to have a really hard time with that, too. But they’re all proud of me. So, that’s all that matters.
WOMAN: Love you, honey.
MAN: These wars are very different than the ones we have fought in the past.
When we first started, we had not deployed for an extended period of time. Then the length of deployment is 12 months and then, in some cases, 15-month deployments. And then going back for second, the third and the fourth time, the impact that had on our families was significant.
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