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Students make documentary on families of wounded soldiers

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CAVE CITY, AR (KAIT) - When a soldier is injured during combat, they need their family as their support system. Students at one Arkansas school are using their camera skills to help families during the recovery process.

A small group of students from the Cave City High School East Lab and SKILLS organization put together a project to give military families relief while dealing with the recovery of their loved ones.

"Our school board has been really good about helping people in the community and doing projects," said Garrett Tuggle, a senior at Cave City High School.

And this past December, the students at Cave City High School reached out beyond the city limits. With funds from the school district, the group traveled to the Warrior Family and Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, on a mission to make a difference. They captured the experience through the eye of the camera lens.

"The war now, it's a big deal right now. People know the soldiers are over there getting hurt, but what we tried to bring light to in the DVD is the families. They have to move their lives to be there with their soldier," said senior Tyler Durham. A move that requires families to leave behind their jobs and homes.

"You know we got sent down there and this whole time we're thinking how rough is this going to be? Are we going to be able to handle this without tearing up?" said Tuggle.

But what they found, wasn't what they expected. "Here these people are that have next-to-nothing, but yet they have a smile on their face the whole time," said Tuggle.

In only three days, the students shot all their footage, spoke with families, and even got a chance to attend a purple heart award ceremony. "It really hit home with us because we're 17 and 18-years-old and just a year older than us and he's already been wounded in war," said Tuggle.

It took nearly two months to organize, edit, and finalize the seven-minute long documentary.A documentary that has affected their lives.

"It made me respect the war a lot more and soldiers. Going down there and seeing what they go through it changes how you see things," said Durham.

"It helped me be more appreciative the things I do have that most people take for granite, and when things go wrong just like these people did you can still put a smile on your face," said Tuggle.

Since the Warrior Family and Support Center runs solely on donations, the students hope to use the documentary to raise money for the center. If you would like to donate just call (216) 916-8219 or (210) 916-8367.

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