In January, 2007, then-President George Bush ordered more than 20,000 troops to Baghdad, beginning what is known as the "Surge" in the long-running Iraq War.
Daniel Speers was serving in the U.S. Army's 1-12 CAB unit not far from the Iraq capital. He was stop-lossed -- his stay in combat was involuntarily extended -- and his second tour in Iraq lasted 15 months before returning home to his native Southeastern PA.
The budding filmmaker who grew up in Downingtown and graduated from Temple University already had a different way of looking at the world. He was enamored with the history in and around Philadelphia and the diverse natural landscapes that change with the seasons as you travel futher into the suburbs.
But the 30 months he spent in military combat fundamentally changed his worldview.