Families Share Soldiers' 'Last Letters Home' Fathers, mothers and wives share the poignant final letters of troops killed in Iraq in the documentary, Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops from the Battlefields of Iraq.
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Families Share Soldiers' 'Last Letters Home'

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Families Share Soldiers' 'Last Letters Home'

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In an effort to allow as many Americans as possible to see 'Last Letters Home,' HBO and many cable providers are making the program free to almost all cable households.

Just before Christmas last year, Pfc. Holly McGeogh, a 19-year-old soldier stationed in Iraq, wrote her mother a letter:

Producer and director Bill CouturiƩ talks with Paula and Michael Zasadny, whose daughter, Pfc. Holly McGeogh, was killed in Iraq. Santa Fabio/HBO hide caption

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"I hope you have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year. I know it won't be the same. It's gonna be different for me, too — My first Christmas ever by myself. I gotta be strong and so do you."

Several weeks later on Jan. 31, 2004, McGeogh was killed when an explosive device hit her vehicle during convoy operations in Kirkuk. She was buried in Brownstown Township, Mich. on her 20th birthday.

McGeogh's letter is one of many featured in Last Letters Home: Voices of American Troops from the Battlefields of Iraq, a one-hour Veterans Day special on HBO. Produced and directed by Bill CouturiƩ, the documentary features the families of eight men and two women killed in Iraq. Fathers, mothers and wives share poignant final e-mails and letters, some of which were received after news of the troops' deaths. NPR's Michele Norris talks with CouturiƩ about the motivation behind his film.