So Very Far From Home – Watch the Documentary Film for Free

So Very Far From Home tells the stories upon which Steven Spielberg’s epic film Empire of the Sun was based, as told by the people who lived it.

So Very Far From Home tells the stories of American, British and Australian children sent to brutal, overcrowded prison camps in Japanese-occupied China during World War II.  While the war eventually ended, China still lives in their hearts today.

For Patricia Dunn Silver, it’s the memory of July 4, 1943 when a group of imprisoned parents and children defiantly sang the one song their Japanese captors had forbidden—The Star-Spangled Banner.  Shanghai was once seven year-old Ronald Morris’ playground, but during the war years hunger was his constant companion. For Pamela Masters, a brash British teenager, months of imprisonment brought her within seconds of taking her own life. The war meant it would be years before Mary Taylor Previte would see her parents again.

What happens when the only world you ever knew is gone, and “home” is a place you’ve never seen?

As always, watching this documentary is FREE courtesy of Snag Films.   This video can be viewed worldwide and we hope you’ll share it…

Vodpod videos no longer available. Offers FREE Online Tutoring and Career Help for MIlitary Families!

Hi! I’m George Cigale, CEO and founder of I’m guest blogging today at the USO to let you know about for Military Families, a program provided by the Department of Defense that provides one-to-one live online tutoring and career help for military families at no charge.

We understand the issues that military families face—the stress of deployments, children transferring schools mid-year, and needing help getting up to speed with local curriculumand we are proud to support military families with 24/7 immediate access to homework help and career help that can relieve some of the stress.

And, as a working dad of three school-age children, including one who is studying Algebra this year, I know how tough it is to juggle conflicting family schedules and making sure homework gets done! It’s so important for students to have access to help when they need it, so they can get their homework done and feel confident about their progress. helps the whole military family in two important ways:

  1. offers K-12 and college academic help. Students connect to tutors for help with homework, projects, quizzes and essays in more than 20 subjects. Our college experts are great for military service members and spouses who are continuing their education, and because we are available 24/7, we fit into busy, hectic schedules.
  2. helps service members and spouses seeking jobs and entering career transition. We have career experts who assist with everything from crafting cover letters to help pulling together a resume.  We are experts in translating your valuable volunteer and service experience into the perfect resume for a competitive civilian workforce.

Every time you connect to one of our tutors or career experts, you get one-to-one attention.  We’re there for you when you need us, 24/7, conveniently accessible from your home computer, and, we’re open all summer.

Active duty Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy service members and their spouses and children can access the program. Go to for more information and to get a tutor.

George Cigale is CEO and founder of The USO is presenting this guest post from Mr. Cigale to introduce military families to this new Department of Defense benefit.  The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Mr. Cigale and do not necessarily reflect those of the USO.