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Veterans get early look at film that shows "real combat"

KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) - Veterans and Killeen residents got to go to a pre-screening of "The Hornet's Nest" that aims to show public what real combat is like.

Mike Boettcher is an Emmy award winning journalist who has covered wars for 30 years. He, along with his son Carlos Boettcher, imbedded themselves with a unit in Afghanistan with a goal of telling soldier's stories. For two years, Mike Boettcher stayed with the unit seeing combat and getting it on video.

Boettcher says the goal of the film is to connect the American public and the 99.5% of people who haven't served in combat, with those who have. That way they can get a better feel of what it's like and what veterans have gone through.

Close to 50 people, many of them veterans, went to the screening Wednesday night. Mike Boettcher was also there answering questions before and after the movie. Many veterans were in tears during the movie and some thanked Boettcher. One woman says she brought her 9 and 10 year old children to see it so they can know what their mom and dad goes through.

Bat. Commander Andy Rockefeller was also at the screening. He was the executive officer for the unit shown in the film during tense combat. He says seeing the movie helped him get a better idea for what it was like on the front lines. He says he heard it on the radio at the time, but seeing it gave him a little closure.

The movie will be released in select theaters May 9 and 16, and will be released nationally on May 23. To see what cities the movie will be released click here.
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