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New York Times and Netflix's Father Soldier Son is rare insight into Army life behind closed doors

Nikki Wright August 6, 2020
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Last night I was finally able to finish the emotional Netflix documentary Father Soldier Son, which was released on July 17. The film follows an American family through their remarkable journey experiencing overwhelming happiness and heartbreaking tragedies.

Having grown up in that environment as a child myself, it brought back many memories which were truly moving. But for people who have not experienced that lifestyle or something similar it can be hard to imagine how that environment feels for a young child.

The way the documentary gives an insight into the private life of Brian Eisch, a military personnel, will no doubt show the true impact and how it can be challenging in more ways then one to the outside civilians.  

Leslye Davis and Catrin Einhorn, both journalists from the New York Times, teamed up with Netflix to introduce viewers to Patriarch Brian Eisch – a solider in the U.S. Army who is flown out to Afghanistan to serve his country, whilst his two sons live with their uncle until his six month stint comes to an end and he is granted leave.

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During his brief stays at home, we see Brian and his two young sons, Issac and Joey, taking part in multiple fun activities before he is due to return back to work.

The challenging situation sees the two young boys heartbroken each time their dad has to leave. Eisch understands what the boys must be going through and has to deal with his own emotions, but with his duty of care to his country and feeling his presence is greatly important on the field, for him to not be apart of the war in Afghanistan is not an option.

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However, an untimely event that takes place in the war zone leads to an outcome where Brian is left with no choice but to return home.

After suffering a serious leg injury, Eisch is at home permanently and eventually has to retire from the Army when his leg must be amputated. This sees Brian become less active, spending more time on Army video games and dealing with the frustration of not being able to do certain activities he could do before with his family.

The day he receives a prosthetic leg shows Eisch gaining mobility, allowing him to carry out and take part in activities that he has been unable to take part in since his injury. Enjoying jogging, fishing and family days out with the boys and developing his new relationship with his girlfriend Maria whom he proposes to on a family outing in 2015.

Sadly, life events take a devastating and tragic turn when Joey, 12, the youngest of Brian’s two boys gets struck by a truck in July 2015 and later is confirmed dead by the Upstate Hospital.

After the untimely passing of his brother, Issac decides to change his career path from wanting to join the police force to enrolling in the U.S. Army to honour his brother and to follow in his father’s footsteps. But the training sees Issac suffer ups and downs.

“It felt like something Joey really wanted to do and it felt like something I needed to do” Issac expressed.

After great tragedy comes happiness, with Brian and Maria welcoming their first child Jackson Joseph into the world. With Issac away on training, Brian Facetimes his eldest son to meet his baby brother, which leads to a teary reaction.

The documentary is a true, incredible journey not to be missed.

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