The Way We Get By

About This Episode


On call 24 hours a day for the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting nearly 800,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. A deeply moving film about life and how to live it, The Way We Get By offers an intimate look at three of these greeters as they confront the universal losses that come with aging and rediscover their reason for living.

When veteran Bill Knight, Jerry Mundy and Joan Gaudet aren't at the airport, they wrestle with their own problems: failing health, depression, mounting debt. Finding the strength to overcome their personal battles, the greeters transform their lives through service. This heartbreaking and inspirational story reminds us of how our culture casts our elders, and too often our soldiers, aside. It also shatters the stereotypes of today's senior citizens as the three redefine the meaning of community. The Way We Get By celebrates these unsung heroes who share their love with strangers who need and deserve it.