Independent Lens: Stray Dog

About This Episode

A portrait of a motorcycle-riding, freedom-loving, Vietnam veteran cast in the mold of an outlaw biker. But there’s much more to burly, bearded Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye. Below the surface, Stray Dog is forever wrestling with the brutal legacy of the Vietnam War — a constant struggle of conscience, remorse, and forgiveness.

The film follows Stray Dog as he caravans with fellow vets to pay tribute to their fallen brothers at the Vietnam Memorial. Meanwhile, back home in southern Missouri, he forges a new life of domesticity with his wife Alicia, who is navigating her own path through an unfamiliar world. As Stray Dog battles his demons and faces the pressure of running a business, the arrival of Alicia’s twin teenage boys from Mexico further complicate matters.

As Stray Dog strives to be the man he wants to be for his family and community, he continues to tally the cost of war, bearing witness to the soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan — both the dead and the living.