No Greater Love (NR)

Documentary 94 min. November 10, 2017
By Craig D. Lindsey
The recently released studio drama Thank You for Your Service took audiences on a dreary-yet-dedicated journey with U.S. soldiers struggling to get back to living after having their psyches rocked in Iraq. But the documentary No Greater Love presents a more authentic look at the lives of 21st-century war veterans, giving actual survivors a chance to talk about their experiences both during and after their deployments.

Love (the title comes from the brotherly, John 15:13 quote) is the work of director Justin Roberts, who served as an Army chaplain with the "No Slack" battalion of the 101st Airborne Division as it went into Afghanistan. Roberts didn't have a gun but he did have a camera, capturing all the insane moments these boys faced. As he rounds up most of the vets he served with and records their testimonials, he gets some graphic, tear-soaked accounts of how soldiers risked life and limb to defeat the bad guys, even returning to action not completely recuperated from their previous war wounds.

Maybe it's me, since I've been watching a lot of war movies lately (especially movies about the Iraq War), but Love reminded me what I already knew: War is a jarring, intense experience that's equal parts traumatizing and adrenaline-pumping. It shakes a soldier to the point where there's no way that person could possibly go back to civilian life as they once were. But I'm thankful No Greater Love is around to make people realize how much war heroes need our love, help and support once they come back home. Just telling them "thank you for your service" ain't gonna cut it.
Justin Roberts Justin David Roberts, Soldiers of No Slack, 2-327th Infantry Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Justin Roberts Atlas Distribution

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