From the farms and fields of Arkansas to the deadly streets of Baghdad, Off to War tracks the citizen soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard as they come face to face with the horror of war.
Never before has a single unit of soldiers been followed from the beginning to the end of their deployment at war. In April 2004, filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud arrived in Iraq with the Arkansas National Guard during one of the bloodiest months to date. Within twenty-four hours of their arrival, one of the guardsmen lay dead. By the end of the first month, the unit had lost more soldiers than any other National Guard Brigade in Iraq.
From actual scenes of full-scale combat to a soldier's funeral, from the birth of a first child to the heartbreaking return home of a critically injured soldier, Off to War tells the story of a war in a way it has never been told before--through the eyes of the soldiers and families back home who endured it.
Episode 10 of 10
After returning home from Iraq, the soldiers of the Arkansas National Guard try to settle back into their civilian lives. Sergeant Ronald Jackson rejoins his wife on the turkey farm that she managed to keep afloat in his absence. Suzanne Hertlein helps her son Matt get ready to take his high school girlfriend to the prom. Matt Hertlein and Tommy Erp left Arkansas for Iraq as teenagers almost two years ago. Now they have to figure out how to start their lives as young men changed by war. After taking three months off to get to know his wife and children again, Sergeant David Short returns to duty as a police officer. Sergeant Curtis Rohrscheib spends every day getting to know his baby boy Garrett, and continues to battle with nightmares that followed him home from Iraq. All of the citizen soldiers struggle with how different they feel now — after an 18-month deployment in a combat zone and a set of experiences to which few back home can relate.