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Riders escort Vietnam veterans to showing of documentary they were the subject of

Muskogee, OK

ALR Chapters 15, 198 and 1340 escorted Vietnam veterans Donald Mason and Gale Betrand, along with their families and film producer Melissa Young, to the showing of the "Vietnam War Miracle" documentary at the Bare Bones Film Festival held in Muskogee, Okla. The film won the Audience Choice Award and Best Military Documentary at the festival. Donald and Gale were the subjects of the documentary. Their stories are inspiring. It tells how they dealt with injuries sustained during a mortar attack. Gale lost both of his legs and Donald lost 30 percent of his brain. The documentary's website is

Gale "Big Bertha" Bertrand, Melissa Young, and Donald Mason, shown here after winning the Audience Choice Award and Best Military Documentary at the Bare Bones Film Festival.

Producer Melissa Young withDept of OK ALR Director Mike Marxen.

Producer Melissa Young with Raul Rizo, Adjutant for American Legion Post 15, Muskogee, OK.

ALR Escort staging at La Quita Inn, Muskogee, just prior to escorting Donald, Gale, their families and film staff to the Roxy Theater for the showing of "Vietnam War Miracle." for a short video of the escort, go to

American Legion Riders, Vietnam veterans Donald, and Gale, Film Staff visiting The Barracks, a nonprofit shelter for homeless veterans. They offer housing, computer skills training, clothes, food, a barber shop, fitness center and family housing. For more info, go to

Hanging out at American Legion Post 15 at the reception following the viewing of "Vietnam War Miracle."

Donald's Story. By some weird twist of fate, Donald was treated by the same doctor in Vietnam, Japan and Denver.

Producer Melissa Young talking to escort Riders about the film, her motivations to make the documentary, and goals for the film
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