February 18, 2015 1:08 PM

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Movies, said film critic Roger Ebert, are like an "empathy machine." Their mission: to help us understand a bit more about others' hopes, their fears, their dreams. Movies allow us to walk in others' shoes. They help us "identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us."

Director Chris Martini took that mission to heart. His grandfather served in World War II, his uncle in Vietnam. Martini was inspired by their post-war struggles and was angered that the struggle of soldiers following war received minimal media exposure. The director became determined to change that...

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