This hour-long documentary news special, won a Peabody Award for NBC/Universal in 2007.
Produced for Mun2, a popular Latino network, it takes a close look at the options that young Latinos face upon graduating high school and the pros and cons of enlistment in the United States Armed Forces.
The piece chronicles the personal experiences of Mexican-born Diego Sosa, a 21-year-old from East Los Angeles, who retired from active duty in the Marine Corps following a severe leg injury and the loss of more than a dozen friends.
The piece explores Diego's choices in light of military recruitment practices on high school campuses, the trials of boot camp training and the promise of U.S. citizenship.
"For My Country? Latinos In The Military" was praised for it's "even-handed treatment" of what remains a controversial topic.
The documentary gathers diverse perspectives from students, parents, vets, marine corp officers, recruitment strategists, and reveals what officials are saying in the halls of the Pentagon about America’s fastest-growing demographic.
See the rest of the show at these links:
Act 2: vimeo.com/12248745
Act 3: vimeo.com/12249459
Act 4: vimeo.com/12250022
Act 5: vimeo.com/12250269
Producer/Director: Alison Fast
Camera: Alison Fast
Editors: Tyler Hubby, Alison Fast
Copyright: Mun2 (NBC/Universal)