Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Marine Veteran Hosts Live Internet Show Profiling the Sacrifices, Courage of U.S. Servicemembers and Their Families

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Marine Veteran Hosts Live Internet Show Profiling the Sacrifices, Courage of U.S. Servicemembers and Their Families

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Internet users can catch a glimpse into the daily lives of U.S. servicemembers and their families in a new, exclusively online show called IN THEIR BOOTS (www.intheirboots.com). Hosted by Iraq veteran Jan Bender, the show mixes traditional documentary filmmaking with a new media distribution model. IN THEIR BOOTS is an innovative new series that explores the emotional, psychological, and physical impacts that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have on communities here at home.

Every episode of IN THEIR BOOTS is built around an IN THEIR BOOTS "Real Story," a 10-minute, pre-produced documentary told from the perspective of men and women in uniform and their families. The "Real Stories" combine intimate and personal "character-generated" video footage shot by the stories' participants themselves, with footage shot by the series' professional production team. The stories stress optimism, the courage of the characters, and the valor of the people and organizations that help them on their journey.

Each episode concludes with a moderated forum, broadcast live and hosted by Marine Jan Bender, who served as a combat correspondent/rifleman in Iraq with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines from 2004 to 2005. …

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