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Bryan Anderson on Alive Day Memories

Published September 19, 2007 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders.
Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq features many Iraq War veterans sharing the stories of the day they suffered drastic injuries. These injuries should have killed them, but modern medicine keeps them alive. The day their lives changed forever is their Alive Day.

Army Sgt. Bryan Anderson on Alive Day Memories

Army Sgt. Bryan Anderson shared his unusually positive perspective on the war. "I had fun," he said. "I thought it was going to be fun going in, to fight for our country and payback, stuff like that. I figured some of it was going to be pretty hard, some of it would be fun. It was pretty much the same. I had a good time and some of it was hard. It was pretty much what you asked for."

Anderson had a positive view of the Iraqis as well. "They're just like regular people, just like you and me. The interpreters we worked with every day, we trusted and confided in them. We became friends with a lot of them. When you would get hit with an IED, you weren't worried just about your guys. You were also worried about them too. You were worried about everybody."

Some of the issues veterans now deal with include insufficient medical care. This varies from vet to vet, as Anderson related. "I don't see what's wrong with the system but it's sporadic. With my care, I was fine. I had everything I needed. But with the next guys, it was like nothing would happen. Where's the communication?"

It was easy for Anderson to open up on camera, just as he does for the press. "Well, when I went there, I talked to Jim [Gandolfini] for about a half hour, 45 minutes. It was very causal, yet there were cameras and microphones everywhere. But what it really was was a basic conversation like a bullsh*t session. That's what we did. It was fun. We just got stuff out and that's all we did."

Alive Day Memories airs this month on HBO.

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