No Greater Love (NR)
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.