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Soldiers who are returning home talk about their responses to the troop greeters who welcome them at the airport.

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A troop greeter goes to the airport in Bangor, Maine, to welcome home a flight of returning soldiers.

Filmmaker Interviews

The Way We Get By filmmakers talk about filming, family and what it means to send a loved one off to war.


Over the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting nearly 800,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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Film Information

The Way We Get By (90 min.)

Premiere Date: November 11, 2009

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 3, 2010

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Aron Gaudet Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Filmmaker Statement | Veterans Day Broadcast


Aron Gaudet
Aron Gaudet

It's really a personal story not a political one. That goes for the greeters themselves as well. They have different views on the war, but their main goal is to support the troops.”

— Aron Gaudet, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

The Way We Get By is about three people, not about military or political combat. It strikes a deep, rich vein of emotion that flows through America's elderly, and it should be required viewing for those who think they know exactly what America is about. . . . The Way We Get By is as much art as it is documentary.”

— Dan Zak,
Washington Post

The Way We Get By is an Iraq War documentary, albeit in the loosest sense ... a lovely, uncondescending look at three lives enriched by kindness.”

— Eugene Novikov,

The dignity and integrity of these people will stir even the coldest heart.”

— Robyn Hillman-Harrigan,
The Huffington Post

[P]layed out against a backdrop of small acts of generosity and empathy, and small, fleeting dramas at Bangor's airport ... it's about the universal struggles of growing old.”

— Linda Matchan,
The Boston Globe

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