I finally watched the movie, Act of Valor, last week when it came out on DVD. I love that they used real Navy Seals instead of actors and I can’t imagine the red tape the producers must have gone through to get the necessary permissions. I thought it was very well done, it is action packed, and is an excellent movie to increase civilian awareness of the service and sacrifice experienced daily by service members and their families.
It is difficult for me, as the mother of a combat infantryman, to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the movie because it was a painful reminder of the reality of my life. There were many tear provoking scenes in the movie, but the one of the Navy Seal making the ultimate sacrifice really tugged at my heart as I know in all reality that my son would do the same. I vividly remember a conversation I had with my son following his second deployment in Iraq. He told us that every time they went out on a mission one of his guys would say, “Hey Sgt, let me go first.”, but Josh always responded the same by telling them no, he would go first. He said it was his job to get them all home safely to their families and I wondered whose job it was to ensure his safe return.
I am very grateful for the courage and bravery of the men and women who serve this country and provide for my freedom. I am so proud of my son for his service and sacrifice, but I must admit that as a mother, I sometimes wish he wasn’t one of the brave ones.