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The Way We Get By is a documentary film that was released in 2009. The film documents the journey of three senior citizens from Bangor Maine who devote their time to greeting US troops. Produced by Gita Pullapilly and directed by Aron Gaudet, the film follows its three protagonists as they meet troops at a modest airport in Maine. Although the story follows their support of the troops, it also depicts the lives of the three characters away from the airport. We learn that Joan Gaudet (whose son is the films director) forms close bonds with the troops, and feels that she would 'be lost' without the visits to the troops. The films shows World War II veteran Bill Knight struggle with his mounting debts and Jerry Mundy's positive attitude in times of hardship. The film covers big issues including loneliness, debt, redemption, and heartbreak, but the films main theme is the unsung heroism of its main characters.