"We thought it was important to tell a soldier's story in an apolitical way," said Glen Shilland, an Air Force major stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
The family now lives in Beavercreek, but Shilland was a bombardier in Afghanistan when Yiotula heard about the movie while visiting Decatur.
"I thought this would be a good use of my combat pay," said Glen Shilland, 37. "This was a way to get our story out."
I would like to offer a word of thanks to the Shillands and all the other small donors who helped Jake Rademacher tell this story.
The project has raised more than $50,000 for veterans' groups and has been seen, free of charge, by thousands of service members and their families.
"They say 'it's not just a film about you and your family, it's a film about me and my family,'" Rademacher said.