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The Way We Get By

Aron Gaudet
Gita Pullapilly

Inside a small airport in central Maine, a group of senior citizens are using handshakes and hugs to play a critical role in the Iraq war. The Way We Get By is not a war film, but a uniquely personal story about how these handshakes can change a person's life. Since March 2003, almost 700,000 soldiers and marines from all over the country have traveled through the Bangor International Airport. With each flight, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, the Maine Troop Greeters have been there to send them off and welcome them home. For the elderly greeters, these handshakes are the first step in confronting their own personal battles.