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During the early days of Hollywood and into the ‘50's, most war films celebrated the military and the heroism of American soldiers. Times have changed, so have the movies. The GI Film Festival, created to renew a sense of appreciation for military service, took place two weeks ago and was formally opened by John McCain. It's the creation of Brandon Millett, a civilian whose wife and festival-co-founder Laura graduated from West Point.
Brandon Millett, Co-founder, GI Film Festival
Tomorrow, it's back to work for the US Supreme Court
with this session's most important cases still to be decided. It will
be Justice David Souter's last opportunity to participate, and
President Obama wants his replacement seated before next year's session
begins in the Fall. Joan Biskupic covers the Court for USA Today.
Wars have been hugely important for medical science that saves lives. In contrast to Vietnam, 90% of the wounded are coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. That's led to renewed focus on repaying their sacrifices by making their lives better, despite disabilities caused by lost limbs and spinal chord injuries. Innovations include a wheelchair that climbs stairs. But like other new, high-tech inventions, it's very expensive. We talk with the inventor, a veteran who has one and others about what it takes and what it costs to restore a semblance of normal life.
Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA Research and Development Corporation
Gary Linfoot, Chief Warrant Officer 4, US Army's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
Michael Mahler, Deputy Chief of Staff, Veterans Affairs' Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Gary Lawson, Vice President, America's Huey Foundation
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