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The show starts with 144 military family members present in the studio audience. "My goal is that we paint an accurate picture of what families are going through so that the viewers at home care," Dana says. "So they don't turn the channel and say this is not my war, this is not my problem. I hope we deliver."

The show is full of stand-up moments. Bob shares concrete ways that everyday people can help our veterans, and the first lady turns to a military wife and calls her a hero. "I thought that her saying to this military wife that you're my hero was one of the greatest moments I experienced. I thought that was so powerful because I just imagined what that moment will mean in that woman's life," Oprah says. "What was so great about it is that I know that is what Michelle Obama really believes. That wasn't just rhetoric."

At the end of the taping, Dana's team celebrates the show's success. "I was so honored today to be able to do a show that honored [my brother] and all the rest of the soldiers in America. And we have Oprah and the first lady asking people to pay attention," Joanna says. "I'm just proud."

Oprah is too. "I am happiest when this show gets to serve as a platform to get people to think differently. Not only about the issue but their relationship to the issue," Oprah says. "That show worked. That was the perfect show because it created the awareness, it made people think differently and also allowed them to take action based on those thoughts. You can't do better than that."

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