Army Wives: A Final Salute

120 min


Claudia Joy:

Look beside each soldier

and you will find the people

who fight with them...

The spouses, the sons,

the daughters, the families.

I married

a committed military man,

and I've loved

this military life.

And I'm proud to call myself

an army wife.

All right, sit down, everybody.

How does it feel to be reunited

with these people?

How are you, papas?


Seeing everyone again

was so amazing.

It's just so heartwarming to get

those hugs and to catch up.

As we all know, behind every

good soldier is their family.


It's so good to see everybody

because I recognize them

as true friends.

I actually realize,

like, this is a family.

[ Laughs ]

It was really, really special.

And we make it to the corner of,

like, Queen and Braun, and...

- Which is a half a block.

- Half a block.

- And Wendy said, "Whoo!"

- [ Laughter ]

It's amazing to be

reunited with the group.

It's like a big family reunion.

- No!

- Oh, yeah.

You know, we just pick up

right where we left off.

I mean, after spending

six or seven years

with any amount of people,

I mean, obviously there's love,

there's fighting,

there's laughing,

there's tears, there's...

It's everything.

- We make a good team.

- Yeah.

- We knew that already, didn't we?

- Well done.

We had such fun.

Behind the scenes, you know,

you'd have dinners together,

we'd have barbecues together,

we'd have movie night.

[ Cheering ]

It would have been a much less

pleasurable experience

if we didn't have people

who we actually cared about

and we loved, who we enjoyed

spending time with.

I know that Roland,

you, and me...

we're always gonna be together.

As actors, we're blessed often

just to be a part of anything.

But there's nothing like

a project that clearly has

a lot of meaning

to a lot of people.

These outstanding troops have

served their country honorably.

We're so proud of the show,

and we all share that.

I'm an army wife,

and I'm proud of it.

Me, too.

To get to see one another again,

it's very much like coming home.

There he is!



Hey, soldier.

I was just saying to Jeremy

that I never thought

we would be sitting here again,

like, all of us.

- Ever again.

- Yeah. It's pretty amazing.

I just feel like,

for whatever reason,

we've never really

said goodbye.

When we came back to do

this reunion,

I was like, "See?

'Army Wives' never goes away.

- It never goes away."

- [ Laughter ]

This story has touched so many.

- I'm just glad we get a happy ending.

- Yeah.

Yeah, somebody's gonna have

a good night.

- Whoa.

- [ Laughter ]

Any time in life

when you really connect

and there's so many things

that can...

you know, stars align,

if you will. That kind of thing.

- Yeah.

- I really think it's just rare.

And even seeing

each other today,

- it's like we picked up where we left off.

- Totally. Absolutely.

We all get together,

and it's like family.

When you're starting on

any new project,

you have no idea

how long it's gonna last.

- The fact that we all got along so well

like immediately... - Like right away.

And if that's why the show

went as long as it did.

And that's, like...

It's, like, unheard of now.

This was the first thing

I had ever done.

When someone said, "Oh,

you're shooting in Charleston,"

I was like, "Whatever."

[ Laughter ]


The fun part is that we were...

- a lot of us were on the

plane together. - Yeah.

- Right. - That's right.

- And you had a diet

because she was in a thong

in the pilot.

Oh, my God.

Mrs. Holden.

Mrs. Sherwood.

[ Laughter ] McNamara: And so,

the three of us go to dinner.

And Bridge and I are foodies.

We're drinking wine.

We're having shrimp and grits.

And she's having a little piece

of fish.

I think I had, like,

a little piece of fish

and, like, a grilled tomato.

I was like, "Thank you."

And you're like,

"Did you taste these grits?

- They're amazing." I was like...

- [ Laughter ]

Looks like I got here

just in time for the 8:00 show.

The pilot episode was

so amazing.

- It was an incredible script.

- Yeah.

Yeah, it was pretty edgy.

- And also, it was based

on Tanya's book. - Yeah.

And reading that book

before the pilot

and stepping into this,

we knew how much meaning

it could have.

- Such a good book.

- Yeah.

I took it and read it

in a restaurant

and just bawling

in the restaurant.

I'm an army brat.

My dad served for 30 years

in the army.

And as a writer, I always wanted

to write a book

showing the human side

of military life.

Tanya Biank had written a very

enterprising piece of journalism

about what was happening

to soldiers and their families

when they were returning

from Afghanistan.

But in writing the book,

in order to make

that understandable

to a lay audience,

she had to go into

what it was like

to be married to the military

in the first place.

[ Sighs ]


The army wife perspective,

their experience

was really something that was

kind of an untapped

and unexplored viewpoints.

And to me, their voice deserved

to be heard.

It doesn't matter

if your spouse wears

sergeant stripes

or colonel's eagle

because worrying

about your soldier at wartime

feels exactly the same.

My dream was to simply

get my book published.

When it was actually made

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