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Brave storytellers

On July 8, Benjamin Patton, grandson of General George S. Patton Jr., brings his filmmaking workshop for veterans with post-traumatic stress to the family farm in Hamilton.

Everybody knows my grandfather. My father had the same persona — he looked like him and had a towering voice, actually much more of THE GEORGE C. SCOTT voice than my grandfather. And Patton came out when I was 5. So it did dawn on me there was this powerful legacy. My father made a point of letting us know there was a RESPONSIBILITY TO BEING A PATTON — you needed to let veterans know how much you appreciate their service.

I had my eyes on the Naval Academy, but at the last minute I decided to take a different course. I ended up at Georgetown. Years later, I got into filmmaking. It started to dawn on me I had a way to apply my expertise and my interest in history and the military to SUPPORT VETERANS AS A CIVILIAN, and that was very exciting for me.

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