Show 3 - Transcript - Ms. Soldier

Here is the transcription for the Ms. Soldier segment:

(00:04) Chris: "Yeah…buddy right now it’s September 3rd 4th? We’re in the …giver yeah!" (00:15) = 11 seconds

Alan: (01:07) “The war in Afghnaistan began in 2001, but for Canada, it began in 2006 deploying nearly 2500 overseas, leaving thousands of loved ones in fear, with hope, and uncertainty. For Kim Levecchia she is one of thousands of Canadians who waited, prayed, and hoped for her loved one to return safely. This is the familiar but untold story of thousands of Canadians left behind, but this is her story.” (01:43)

Kim: (01:45) “When he initially left up at Trenton…I was sad.” (01:50)

Kim: (01:52) “It was scary, like every morning I would wake up and check the news….” (01:58)

Kim: (02:00) “When he called me, it was a relief. So, when he was saying that he was saying that he was in a safe place and he’d be here for a while then I was fine, I didn’t watch the news as much, but when he was out in the field I didn’t hear from him for 3 to 4 weeks at a time, it was a lot more difficult.” (02:15)

(02:16) How many weeks at a time did you go without talking to Chris?) (02:21)

Kim: (02:22) (Takes breath) “Maybe three weeks? Two to three weeks – maybe longer. It could be a month, um, but when he didn’t call he was at the base on MSN. So we were able to talk through that at maybe 30 minutes at a time, but he’d resign on if he could if no one was waiting. But we’d just talk about – he’d ask me how things were here, I guess it was good for him so he knew what it was like at home. But - and He’d talk about some things but he couldn’t talk about a lot…like he couldn’t say what they were doing or where they were, but if he said they were in a safe place that was uh…a key thing. (02:57)

(02:58) What was the one thing you always told Chris on the phone? (03:02)

Kim: (03:03) “We just made sure like at the end of every phone call we’d say ‘I love you’ and ‘be safe’ and… (takes breath) we would like…I would always pray after, but he came home safe. (03:16)

(03:27) How did you react when Chris told you that his friends were killed? (03:34)

Kim: (03:35) “I wasn’t really thinking about his friend at this point, because Chris was really angry. It was emotional, but my main job was just to calm him down. (Kim wiping a tear) (03:51)

Alan: (03:52) “If Chris had never come back home from Afghanistan - and tragically lost his life there, what would you have…have felt?” (04:02)

Kim: (04:07) “Seeing…Chris’ friends – his friends that passed away, their families, I don’t even know what I would do, like I wasn’t in that position. So…yeah I would like, if he was killed in Afghanistan…um, I would feel pride – be so happy that he fought for our country. But…I don’t know, there will be always be a part of me that I didn’t say enough, I wasn’t doing enough, but like being a world away you can’t really do too much….” (04:43)

*Alan and Kim looking at Chris’ photos*

Alan: (04:49) “Kim tell me about these pictures that we have.” (04:50)

Kim: (04:50) “Uh this is a picture of Chris and I in Petawawa, the day he left, so that was our last picture together for those 7 months. So there are still some pictures of Chris and I, this one was at Medsker’s wedding, um this one here is the day Chris came home, he made me put on his flak vest and his homage just to see how heavy it was, so that’s a picture of that there. (05:15)”

Alan: (05:15) “This one here, what’s that there?” (05:16)

Kim: (05:16) “That’s a picture of Chris in Afghanistan. I’m pretty sure he’s holding the camera himself.” (05:20)

Alan: (05:21) (laughs) (05:23)

(05:23) What thoughts went through your mind before you went to bed? (05:29)

Kim: (05:30) I would think about him and pray, hopefully he’d be alright, and if I got that phone call – bonus, it was awesome, but then after that, he’d – we’d would talk, and just go back to bed. When I didn’t hear from him for 3 to 4 weeks at a time it was a lot more stressful, but when I heard from him – the whole 7 months was unbelievable, it’s hard to describe. Like…I was always on like – like always on the tip of my toes watching the news and uh reading the Internet, so I would watch the news and read the Internet before I went to bed…I just did my best, I felt like I didn’t lose too much sleep – not like his parents did (chuckles) but I knew he was okay. (06:20)

(06:30) What was it like seeing Chris come home? (06:35)

Kim: (06:36) “I don’t know, when I first saw him I guess I was really happy…but uh, it was hard to - like I knew what he looked like, but it’s been like 4 months so I was like ‘Oh, there he is!’ and like – I ran up to give him a hug and a kiss it was just great to see him home.” (06:51)

(06:52) “Together again” (no dots as per Maria’s request) (06:55)

(06:56) Clip of Chris and Kim together, Chris is wearing his army uniform

Chris: (06:57) “Um well it changed a little bit, uh I’ve always loved her, but it just really solidified my love for her.” (07:03)

Chris: (07:08) “Um one particular moment that sticks out of my mind is when I was actually taking off in the plane –we’re taking off and I see Kim by the fence by a lightpost, and like I hated it – I hate that…it just bothered me so much that I put her through something like that and there was nothing that I can do about it, so you know I just all I did was make wanna come back to see her even more, ultimately it made our love much stronger for one another.” (07:35)

(07:36) A new chapter begins (no dots as per Maria’s request) (07:39)

Alan V/O: (07:40) “Chris did return home safe, to his loved one.” (07:42)

(07:43) Since his return, Chris and Kim are now engaged (no dots) (07:46)

(07:47) Close-up of Chris and Kim holding hands showing off her engagement ring” (07:49)

(07:50) And are getting married on October 16, 2010 (no dots) (07:53)

Alan V/O clip: (07:54) (Chris and Kim with their dogs) “Sadly, many Canadians troops did not return home to their loved ones.” (07:57)

(07:58) The story of Kim Levecchia…Ms. Soldier finishes on a happy note, and a new one begins…. (08:02)

(08:03) Kim and Chris kiss (08:06)

Alan V/O: (08:07) “Over 130 Canadian troops have fallen since the war in Afghanistan began. Unfortunately they didn’t make it home to their families. This is a tribute to them.” (update number of soldiers fallen to ) (08:15)

(08:16) Highway of Heroes Tribute (10:44)

Possible Music - Memorial (Garageband), Farewell (Garageband), Soaring (Garageband)

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