Alive Day Memories: Interview with a Soldier
Posted September 7, 2007 05:40 PM (EST)
"Alive Day" refers to the day a soldier is wounded and narrowly escapes death. To date, more than 25,000 soldiers have been wounded in Iraq. Though 90 percent of the injured survive, many of them suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and amputations. In HBO's Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, executive producer James Gandolfini interviews 10 wounded soldiers and marines about their experiences in Iraq and back home. First Lieutenant Dawn Halfaker was 24 when she lost her arm in an explosion in Baqubah, Iraq. I spoke with Halfaker about how her life has changed since 6/19/2004 -- her "Alive Day"-- and why she refuses to let her injury define her. Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq premieres Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.