About The Way We Get By

The Way We Get By is a feature-length documentary on the Maine Troop Greeters in Bangor, Maine.  The film honors the war veterans and elderly men and women in this small town as they greet the soldiers and marines heading off to war and returning home.

As the war in Iraq continues, the lives of the troops and greeters overlap. On the surface, it would appear that the young men and women fighting overseas for freedom have little in common with the old veterans of war and elderly women waving them goodbye or hugging them as they return home. But, a closer look shows both are fighting for their lives, and they have only each other in their battle to survive.

The Way We Get By shows the sacrifice and commitment each individual, troops and greeters alike, have made during this time of war. The film also explores the most basic of human emotions like the fear of dying and more importantly the fear of dying alone.

For over two years, the filmmakers have been following The Maine Troop Greeters. The story is told through their eyes and experiences as well as the testimony of the troops passing through the Bangor International Airport.  The people and the state of Maine are also characters in the film as they paint the picture of one small American community affected by a war thousands of miles away.

Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have also traveled to Bangor, Maine to welcome home the troops with The Maine Troop Greeters and will be included in the film.