We knew when we decided to make our award-winning documentary on the past, present, and future of how the nation treats its veterans, well, we knew it would have to include—well veterans.  We had no idea what an incredible group of inspiring men and women would step forward to tell their stories.

Just introducing the soldiers, airman, and Marines that helped bring Veteran Nation, the story of all the greatest generations to life is, by itself, an incredibly moving testament of the service and sacrifice of America’s defenders.

Meet Ben Richards. When we met Ben he was a major teaching at West Point, but getting ready to leave the service because of the debilitating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. A combat veteran, his struggles of dealing with multiple health issues was  profiled in The New York Times and CBS’s “60 Minutes.”  Ben gave us an breathtaking interview. In one unedited take he told the most riveting, terrifying, and inspiring stories of men under fire that has ever been recorded on film.

Meet Greg Gadson. Colonel Gadson is a double-amputee who, when we made the film, had remained on active duty as the Commander of Fort Belvoir, Virginia. As a West Point cadet, Greg had been a star football player. As a combat leader he was fearless. He never let his devastating injuries slow him down. Greg is even a movie star. He starred in the Hollywood film “Battleship,” as, of course, a recovering amputee—who saves the world from an alien invasion.