THE SYSTEM

A young child named John F. Gonzalez starts off his life being torchered at home. He grows up and becomes a Marine. While he is in the military, he puts his family first. Risking his life in overcoming the impossible "LEGALLY" Against all odds.

 

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LOG LINE

A young child named John F. Gonzalez starts off his life being tortured at home. He grows up and becomes a Marine. While he is in the military he puts his family first risking his life in overcoming the impossible "legally" against all the odds!

 

  

SYNOPSIS

A young child by the name of John is raised in a very brutal home by his parents. John is born left handed and his father beats him until John is changed to right handed! As John starts to go to school he cannot retain practically anything that the teachers are teaching him in school. In frustration John turns to misbehaving in school against teachers and the students as he becomes more and more defiant and hostile. Things start to escalate that lead John to start getting suspended regularly and even expelled from schools!

As John is growing up he is very depressed that he cannot learn in school and cannot understand why. John's parents especially his father take John's behavior as disobedience to authorities and he beats John on a regular bases along with other torture tactics! As John is growing up it is apparent he must have been born with attention deficit hyper disorder that went undetected and untreated.

John starts using drugs and alcohol at the age of fourteen to try to quench the pain he feels inside on not being able to learn in school! At the age of sixteen John gets his first car given to him by his father. John totals out the car shortly after and he receives an additional forty four other cars that also get totaled over a nine month period. The cars looked like accordions after the accidents and John should have not survived any of the car crashes!

Three months before John becomes seventeen years old he agrees to join the United States Marine Corps. John had always admired the Marines and had a great deal of respect for them along with wanting to serve his country and also very importantly he wanted to make his father proud of him. John's father takes John to see a Marine Corps recruiter that spends close to two months trying to help John prepare for the military entry exam. The recruiter ends up giving up directing John to go back to school and come back in one year. John was failing the test by a ninety eight percentile. John feels horrible that once again due to the lack of his knowledge he will not be able to become a Marine. A stage of events take place unknown to John where three months later he is on a bus headed to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego California for boot camp to try to become a Marine without having taken the mandatory entry exam!

John had mixed emotions going on inside himself because of the way things had went down on his entry into the military. John graduates boot camp and becomes a Marine, he never again sees the military as he had before while he was growing up. Now he seen the ugly side of things and something changed in his heart toward the Marine Corps and his military officials. Right after boot camp John marries his pregnant girl friend which was expecting a child from him. After John graduates Infantry Training school and is placed in First Battalion Seventh Marines John meets a Marine that teaches him how to defend himself legally against "THE SYSTEM" the military!

Shorty after John has several situations where he needs to put his family first and the Marine Corps second. As John's life is being threatened by military officials consistently due to him trying to put the Marine Corps second John blanks them out and proceeds going forward against the impossible to prevail for his family’s needs no matter what it was going to take! John is able to prevail for his family each and every time and his story shows how powerful the love for family is even when going against the impossible!

 

 

TREATMENT

John F. Gonzalez is a toddler being brought up in a brutal and tormented environment at home. John was obviously born A.D.H.D. positive along with showing signs of oppositional defiant disorder. His parents did not recognize this to have him treated medically, instead they took it as he was a disobedient kid and he was consistently beaten and tortured in other inhumane ways!

John's father Manolo was born left handed and he felt that left handed people were looked down at in society. As John was growing up he was showing all the signs that he was also born with the left handed gift. Each and every time John's father would catch him picking something up or holding something with his left hand he would hit him over and over again. At a certain point in time John's father forcefully changed John from left to right handed.

As John goes to school throughout his elementary years he cannot retain the majority of the school work being taught to him by his teachers. This gives him major insecurities and makes him feel like an outcast in society. He cannot figure out what is wrong with himself. He often cries out to God asking Him why was he ever born? As John grows older the learning disability becomes worse and John is seeking a way out from reality some how! At the age of fourteen John is totally out of control and is headed for complete destruction! Instead of being in class learning as a ninth grade student John starts using drugs and alcohol as an escape, he is not focusing on any school work.

John's father Manolo Gonzalez owned a used car dealership in South Central Los Angeles. When John turned sixteen years old Manolo gives him his first car which was a custom 914 Porsche. Within three months John had totaled out the car. Six months later John had totaled out another forty four cars that his father had given him. The cars all looked like accordions after the accidents. Three months before John turned seventeen years old his father tells him, I see three roads for you son in life. One you are going to kill yourself or someone is going to kill you, two you are going to get caught up and end up doing twenty five to life in prison or three you can enter the United States Marine Corps and serve your country and change your life around. John within a minute answers his father and tells him lets join the Marine Corps dad.

John's father has him at a recruiters office the next day. The recruiter worked with John for over two months and John could not pass the entry exam, he was told by the recruiter to go back to school and return in a year, the news did not go well with John's father. Three months later John is leaving to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot to start his boot camp without even having taken the mandatory entry exam! John graduates boot camp and marries his fiancé who is pregnant right after. He reports to Infantry Training School and graduates three months later. John is given his permanent reporting duty orders where he is attached to 1st Battalion 7th Marines.

John goes home and shows his wife his orders, shortly after his wife starts to cry. She tells John, these orders show you will be deploying soon overseas and you obviously will not be here for the birth of our child! She went on to tell him, if anything happens to me or the baby it will be on you! John is soon taught how to defend himself in the military legally by a marine who shortly after is discharged from the service. John starts going up the chain of command pleading his case to his superiors on how he cannot go overseas with them being that his wife needs him to stay home.

He is told by everyone that he is government property and that they own him. He is told that his family is second and ultimately the orders he has to deploy overseas are signed by the President of the United States and no one can override those orders it is not possible period! With all that said John still stood his ground even as his life was being threatened by military officials!

John pressed forward with pure determination for the love of his family. The impossible things everyone was telling John about all of a sudden became possible! John was transferred to 2nd Battalion 7th Marines which was not suppose to deploy overseas for another six months.

John and his wife realize how the medical care sucks for pregnant woman in protecting their privacy as they go to the Navy Hospital for prenatal checkups. Shortly after John is taking his wife to her private doctor that she was first seeing. They were very happy as now her dignity was being respected! The doctor sees her through her pregnancy and delivers their child at a private hospital, all is paid for by the military insurance.

Finally six months later John deploys overseas to Okinawa Japan with 2/7 and is deep in the bush training. Accidentally he is informed that someone in his family has died back in the states. He goes U.A. and makes it back to base. He is given the news that the person who had died was his father in law and that the military does not consider him immediate family. He is told he is going to get written up for unauthorized absence and charged! Incredibly hours later John is on a first class flight aboard a 747 Japanese Airlines flying back home to bury his father in law with an eight day leave.

John ends up extending his leave on his own legally and is able to spend Christmas and New Years with his family before returning back to his company overseas. John had covered his tracks and extended his leave legally so when he returned back to his company his superiors were not able to charge him with any wrong doings.

John returns back with his Battalion 2/7 from their overseas training and this time "THE SYSTEM" starts playing games with him concerning John's over weight. Incredibly John had always been over weight with the exception once he had came out of boot camp and it had not been an issue to his superiors. It was that John had gotten over on them too many times and it was payback time in their eyes. All the events that followed next by military officials were completely petty as they were nit picking against John regarding his over weight problem which lead up to his discharge from the military. John is done with the military and has all his family is waiting for him at home.

At the end other heart touching events go on to happen regarding John's life and his families after the military.

 

 

FINAL DRAFT

 Screenplay for the movie  

(THE SYSTEM)

Written By: John F. Gonzalez

Contact Email 

Ph: (951)-847-4097

My whole story is based on true events that took place before and after I entered the United States Marine Corps. My story also goes on to speak of other events in my life that took place after I came out of the military which are also non-fiction.

JOHN (VOICE OVER) My name is John F. Gonzalez,

everything you are about to read is based on my true life story.

SUPERIMPOSE: 1967
FADE IN:
SOUTH CENTRAL L.A. FELIX CHEVROLET CAR DEALERSHIP

John is three years of age doing a commercial for Felix Chevrolet car dealership. John is wearing a black tuxedo with a black bow driving an electric corvette across the showroom floor. It is right before Christmas.

JOHN
Come buy your car at Felix

Chevrolet, ask for my Father, Manolo Gonzalez he will help you. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas.

The director has John doing the commercial over and over again.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)

Looking back at my childhood years I know I must hav‘e been born with A.D.H.D. and it went completely untreated and undetected by my parents. It really set me back academically as I could not retain information being taught to me.

FADE IN:
INTERIOR KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM

John is in class standing on his desk and all the other students are sitting down listening to the teacher.

TEACHER
John sit down and do you work.

John starts running around the classroom smacking kids on their faces and biting them. John stands on a chair yelling.

FADE IN:

INTERIOR PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE

John’s parents are sitting in the principal’s office with John and the principal. John’s father is looking at John with a mean face, as this was turning into a regular occurrence in the principal’s office.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
As I was growing up my mother told me that when I was a small toddler I would want to do everything with

my left hand. Being that my father had been born left handed he felt that left handed people were looked down at in life by others. Every time my father would see me attempt to do anything with my left hand I would get hit for it and I was told I must use my right hand instead! Through all the beatings I received my father ultimately changed me from left to right handed. My mother had no say on the matter. I feel that it affected my ability to learn in my early years of life!

It was very sad I was not learning anything while in school. My teacher was talking to my parents on a daily basis. It didn’t take long before I was being suspended and expelled from school!

FADE IN:
INTERIOR 
JOHN’S HOME

John walks in from school with his Mother, Josefina, she sits on the couch watching television. John walks up to her and hands her a letter, she reads and lets out a scream!

JOSEFINA You got suspended?

JOHN Yes mom!

JOSEFINA
Go to your room and get ready for

an ass beating!

JOHN
But mom it 
wasn’t my fault.

(CONTINUED)

2.

CONTINUED: 3.

JOSEFINA
It is never your fault!

Josefina gets up and goes to her room to get a belt. John takes off running to his room crying! Josefina walks into John’s room and gives him an ass whooping with the belt. By the time she was done, John’s father walks in the front door from work.

MANOLO
What’s going on Josefina? Why is

John crying?

JOSEFINA
He got suspended from school today!

MANOLO Give me the belt!

Manolo grabs the belt from his wife and goes into John’s room and whips him until blood comes out from rear part of legs!

JOHN (VOICE OVER)

This type of physical punishment was only part of the torture I endured growing up as a child for many years!

FADE IN:
INTERIOR 
JOHN’S HOME

John’s father is up in the morning, he walks into John’s room with a chain and locks. He puts the chain around John’s ankle and chains him to the metal bed frame, then he gives John an empty coffee can and a roll of toilet paper.

MANOLO
When you need to pee or shit you go

in this can, here’s the toilet paper!

John’s mom enters the room and sees what’s going on. She questions Manolo.

JOSEFINA
What are you doing to him?

MANOLO
Don’t get involved or else!

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

4.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My mother tried to interfere and my

father hit her.
Manolo left for work out the front door.

FADE IN:
INTERIOR 
JOHN’S ROOM

Josefina is trying to remove the chains and locks but she can’t find the keys.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My mother could not remove the chains, I felt very scared and

fearful for my life. I did not know why I had been born and existed in this world!This type
of punishment went on for many years as I was a child growing up.

John is having a bowel movement in the can.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I remember the first time I went

feces in the can. There was no lid for it and the stench was overwhelming, there was nowhere to put it!

JOSEFINA
John, I am leaving for the store

I’ll be back soon. Josefina walks out the door.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My mother left to the store and the

smell was making me sick, I should have asked her to remove it before she left.

John starts to put books on top of the can.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I could not find enough things to

place over the can to stop the smell until my mother returned.

FADE TO:

INTERIOR JOHN’S ROOM, NEXT DAY John is still chained to his bed.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
After that day I never used the can

to have a bowel movement again.
Manolo gets home from work and walks into 
John’s room.

JOHN
Hello dad, I wanted to ask you if

you can let me go to the rest room please?

MANOLO
OK, go ahead and make it quick. I

am waiting for you!

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I would hold my feces until my

father got home from work to ask him permission to use the restroom. Once I was done I would return to my room and my father would lock me down again and that is how I would sleep.

INTERIOR JOHN’S ROOM

FADE TO:

John walked back into his room and Manolo chains him back up. John gets into bed with chains on.

MANOLO Good night.

SUPERIMPOSE: 4 YEARS LATER

EXTERIOR MANOLO’S ATTORNEY’S HOME 8:30 PM

FADE TO:

Manolo is pulling into the driveway of his attorney’s home, he parks and gets out with John and his brother and sister. He walks up to the door and knocks.

ATTORNEY Who is it?

(CONTINUED)

5.

CONTINUED:

6.

MANOLO Manolo

The attorney opens the door.

ATTORNEY
Hi kids, how are you doing? Hey

Manolo, how are you doing? They shake hands.

MANOLO Doing well.

ATTORNEY Come on in.

FADE IN:
INTERIOR 
ATTORNEY’S HOME Manolo and the kids walk in.

ATTORNEY
Follow me to my office, 
it’s in the

back.

JOHN (VOICE OVER) When I was nine years old my

parent’s filed for divorce. It was impossible for them to get along without fighting on a regular basis, that’s how we ended up here at my dad’s attorney’s house.

INTERIOR ATTORNEY’S HOME OFFICE They all walk in and sit down.

MANOLO
I am going to be able to get

custody right?

ATTORNEY
Manolo, I am going to do my best.

MANOLO
can’t afford to lose my children

tomorrow!

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

7.

ATTORNEY
Don’t worry, I have your back.

INTERIOR COURT BUILDING

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
The next day my younger siblings and I walked into the courthouse

with our father.
The kids see their mother down the hallway.

MANOLO Don’t speak to her.

JOHN O.K.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
We could see our mother down the hall but we could not go over to

say hi to her.
Manolo’s attorney arrives to the courthouse.

ATTORNEY Are you ready?

MANOLO Yes, let’s do this!

ATTORNEY
You sound better than last night,

what happened?

MANOLO
I have faith in you!

ATTORNEY

Really?

MANOLO Of course!

They shake hands and laugh.

MANOLO
That and also I had a dream that we

won.

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 8.

ATTORNEY
That’s a good sign. Come, let’s go

in.

INTERIOR COURT ROOM

Manolo and his attorney walk into the court room. sits down and his attorney checks in.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My father entered the court room

with his attorney as we were being watched by one of our relative’s in the hallway.

FADE TO: Manolo

Josefina walks by the kids on her way into the court room, she waves and smiles at the kids. The kids wave back to her.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
We saw our mother walk into the

court room waving hi to us as she walked in. After a while my father came out with his attorney smiling.

MANOLO
The judge granted me custody of all

of you! You will be able to visit with your mother every Saturday. Come, let’s go home.

They start walking down the hallway.

MANOLO
So, how much do I owe you for this?

ATTORNEY
I will be down to your dealership

to pick out the payment from you.

MANOLO
Hey, we 
haven’t discussed that yet!

ATTORNEY
Don’t worry, I won’t be too

expensive.

MANOLO
I’ll give you one grand.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

9.

ATTORNEY Yeah for paperwork,

MANOLO What? O.K., it was

it.

EXTERIOR COURT PARKING LOT They all get into their cars.

try five grand. surely worth

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I was very overwhelmed and sad that

our family had been destroyed. I am sure my siblings felt the same way but there was nothing we could do about it!

Manolo drives off.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
It was very difficult being raised

without a mother. A Saturday visit just didn’t cut it!

INTERIOR JOHN’S HOME

FADE TO:

Manolo is at the kitchen table on the phone with the kids sitting around him. He is speaking to a newspaper representative, placing an ad for a live in maid.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My father would put ads in the

newspaper looking for a live in maid. Many would respond and that’s when we would have our job cut out for us, we had to choose which one was best.

MANOLO
Yes, I want to put an ad for a

housekeeper, cook, maid, babysitter and she must be able to live in our home. OK, thank you. Bye.

FADE TO:

FADE TO:

INTERIOR LADY’S HOME.

Manolo and the kids are at Lady #1’s home interviewing her for the job.

MANOLO Can you cook?

LADY #1

Yes.
But can you cook good?

INTERIOR LADY #2’S HOME

MANOLO
Can you cook, can you clean, can

you take care of kids? LADY #2

Yes.

MANOLO
How are you with kids?

LADY #2 Very good.

MANOLO Do you have kids?

LADY #2

No.

MANOLO
Well, how do you know you are good

with kids?

LADY #2
My sister has kids and I take care

of them all the time.

MANOLO

Manolo and the kids interview a total of 7 potential housekeepers in one day.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
On Sundays we would go down the

list of all the women Dad had (MORE)

10.

FADE TO:

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

11.

JOHN (VOICE OVER) (cont’d) called during the week and we would

visit each and everyone of them.
By the end of the day, our father would ask us who was the lady we all felt best with and we would chose the best one. Our dad would make the call and he would find out if someone else had already picked her up for work. We would sometimes end up with the fourth or fifth person on our list as all the rest had already been hired. Over the years we would have met sixty to seventy ladies that only stuck around for a short time and then most of the time without notice they quit, leaving us. Most of them said they cooked good, but we would end up eating burnt food, under cooked food and food that did not have any flavor from many countries. It really sucked not having our mother with us, our mother is a great cook?

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVEN YEARS LATER

EXTERIOR STREET DAY

FADE TO:

John, 16 years old, driving down the street on his way to his father’s car dealership, in a Porsche 914, custom made.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My name is John F. Gonzalez. I am

going to tell you about a time in my life that seems just like it was yesterday. I was raised in an old-fashioned home with parents that were strict with me and sadly used too much corporal punishment.

John stops at a red light.
Friends walking home from school see him.

FRIEND Hey John!

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

12.

JOHN What’s up man?

FRIEND Nice Porsche!

JOHN Thanks!

The light turns green. John drives off.
A car swerves in front of 
John’s car. John honks his horn.

JOHN
(Yelling out the window.)

Stupid ass!

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My first year in high school I was

abusing alcohol and drugs, not caring about school, only parties. I was really headed for destruction. Even though I would not admit to my father what I was doing wrong, he knew.

EXTERIOR CAR DEALERSHIP DAY

FADE TO:

John pulls up into his dad’s car dealership and gets out of the car, walking up to the sales office.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
My father was born in Cuba. He was

old school; everyone who knew him knew not to mess with Manny because they would not live another day! Manny was his nickname for Manolo.

MANNY
How was school today son?

John sits down at the desk and so does his dad.

JOHN
It was alright Dad.

MANNY
How is the Porsche that I gave you

running?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

13.

JOHN
It’s running great Dad. How is

business going around here?

MANNY
Same old thing, selling, selling,

selling cars!

JOHN
O.K. Dad! I just stopped by to

see how you were doing.

They both get up. John hugs and gives his dad a kiss on his head.

MANNY
O.K. son! You be careful out there,

o.k.?

JOHN O.K. Dad!

John runs out tho his care and drives off.

FADE IN:
SUPERIMPOSE: THREE MONTHS LATER EXT. ROADS DAY

FADE TO BLACK:

John is driving his 914 Porsche and losses control around a corner and ends up wearing it as a sonbrero. The car was completely totaled and John was lucky to be a live.

CUT TO:

EXT. JOHN’S DRIVEWAY 4:00 A.M.

John’s car is now in the drive way, nose out and the tow truck is driving off.

EXT. JOHN’S HOUSE DAY

Early in the morning, a neighbor MR. LOPEZ, is driving to work and sees John’s car totaled in the driveway. He pulls over in front of John’s house and knocks on the front door.

Manny opens the front door.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

14.

MANNY
Good morning Carlos.

MR. LOPEZ
I hope it is a good morning, did

John make it?

MANNY
What do you mean Carlos?

MR. LOPEZ
John’s car looks like a pretzel in

the driveway. MANNY

Why?
His car is in the driveway totaled.

EXT. DRIVEWAY DAY
They both walk out to the car.

MANNY
can’t believe it, I just saw his

car yesterday and it was fine. I need to go check on him to make sure he is o.k.

MR. LOPEZ
I sure hope 
he’s O.K., let me know

how he’s doing.

MANNY
Thanks for stopping by!

MR. LOPEZ
No problem, see you later!

Manny runs into the house.

INT. JOHN’S ROOM DAY

MR. LOPEZ

Manny is walking down the hallway to John’s room and then he walks in. John is in bed, asleep. Manny taps John to awaken him.

FADE TO:

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

15.

MANNY
Son, are you alright?

JOHN Yes I am Dad.

MANNY
If you are not, we can go to the

hospital.

JOHN
There is no need, Dad. 
I’m alright.

MANNY
When you get up, get on the bus,

come out to the dealership and pick up another car.

JOHN
O.K. Dad, thank you!

Manny is walking out of the room.

MANNY O.K. son!

JOHN (VOICE OVER) This happened about forty-five

times in less than a year. All of the cars after the accidents were smashed for scrap metal at the junk yards. The cars were completely totaled out and John was lucky to be alive!

FADE TO: It’s early on a Saturday morning. John is walking around

EXT. CAR DEALERSHIP DAY

his dad’s car lot looking at cars to choose from. walks out of the building over to John

MANNY
Son, I see three roads for you in

life. One, you are going to kill yourself or someone is going to kill you. Two, you are going to get caught up and end up doing 25 to life in prison or three you can enter the United Stats Marine Corps. and serve your country and change your life around.

Manny

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

16.

JOHN
Sounds great Dad 
let’s join the

Marine Corps.

MANNY
The Marine Corps. is the best in

the military and that is my advice for you. That’s what I would like you to do.

John stands there thinking for about two to three minutes as Manny observes him.

JOHN
Well, you know Dad, you are always

right and I know that for a fact now. I am willing to go ahead and take your advice, if you would please help me get through all the different stages so that I can become a Marine.

MANNY
Thank you! We will go in the

morning to see a recruiter.

EXT. MARINE CORPS. RECRUITING OFFICE DAY

CUT TO:

Manny is driving John to the Marine corps. recruiting office. They walk into an office. SERGEANT HUT is seated at his desk. He is a dark colored African American about six feet five inches tall.

SERGEANT HUT How may I help you?

MANNY
My son has decided to become a

Marine and he just needs a little help with all the requirements.

SERGEANT HUT
Son, are you interested in entering

the Marine Corps.?

JOHN
Yes sir! I am interested in

entering the Marine Corps.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

17.

SERGEANT HUT
Please 
don’t call me sir, I am not

an officer but you may refer to me as Sergeant. Well, it will be a four to five hour process involving materials to read, video tapes to watch, introductions of the military and ultimately taking a test. One of the tests is called A.S.V.A.B. to judge where the pros and cons are in your intelligence and performance on paper. Well sir, Mr...

                    MANNY
          ....Gonzalez

SERGEANT HUT
Mr. Gonzalez, I will contact you when we are finished so that you

can pick him up.

INT. VIDEO ROOM DAY

FADE TO:

John is seated in a room like a classroom with a television and VCR, watching videos that show him all the different things regarding the military. Such as, what to expect in the military, how boot camp will be and what the Marine Corps. stands for. Then Sergeant Hut walks into the room with some papers because the video ended.

SERGEANT HUT
I am going to give you a practice

test now to determine your educational level. This is the test you will really have to take later at the Federal State building in Downtown Los Angeles to enter the Marine Corps.

John starts taking the test. The test takes approximately two and a half hours, but John was given four hours to complete the practice test.

CUT TO:

Sergeant Hut grades the test with a red marker. He finishes grading the test and he tells John.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

18.

SERGEANT HUT
You know, I have been doing this for eight years and I have never

seen this before! Out of 230 questions, you got all 230 wrong. It must be that you were rushing. This time, take your time.

Sergeant Hunt gives John another practice test.

LATER

CUT TO:

Sergeant Hut grades the second practice test with a red marker. He marks all of the questions that John had missed. Once again, John gets 230 questions out of 230 wrong.

SERGEANT HUT (CONT’D) Don’t let this get you down John.

We have already done a lot of work today. You should go home and rest and come back tomorrow and retake the test.

EXT. RECRUITING OFFICE-DAY

CUT TO:

John’s dad is pulling up back at the recruiting office to drop John off. John walks in.

CUT TO:

INT. RECRUITING OFFICE DAY

John is at a desk retaking the exam. He retakes the exam three times that day and the results are the same. He is missing 98 percent of all the questions.

SERGEANT HUT
(Shaking his head in shame.)

I am going to call your Dad for him to pick you up. I want you to come back tomorrow to retake the test. This is our fourth week of testing you and I want you to try one more week.

CUT TO:

INT. RECRUITING OFFICE DAY

John and Manny are in Sergeant Hut’s office. his desk.

SERGEANT HUT
For the past five weeks John has

been taking the A.S.V.A.B. exam that will be given to him which will decide whether or not he will be able to enter the Marine Corps. By the looks of the test results in these past five weeks, I can’t see your son passing the test at the Downtown Los Angeles Federal State building. John, son, I want you to go home and study some papers I am going to give you. Work on your academics, come back, and I will help you once again by retesting you next year!

MANNY
Son, say thank you and leave the

room. Shut the door behind you and stay in the hallway while I speak to the Sergeant in private.

JOHN
Thank you very much Sergeant Hut,

for all the help and assistance you’ve given me.

INT. HALLWAY DAY

They sit at

John walks out to the hallway, he tries to look in through the windows to see what is happening inside.He notices
that all of the window blinds are closed with the exception of one small opening in one of the blinds. John is able to look inside the room and sees his father, Manny standing in front of Sergeant 
Hut’s desk. All you could see was the back part of Manny’s head as Sergeant Hut sat behind his desk. The conversation lasted about 4 minutes when Manny steps out of the room and they leave.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I figured that was the end; I could

pretty much forget about entering the Marine Corps. and the biggest disappointment was that I wanted to make my Dad proud of me for once.

19.

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(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 20. FADE TO BLACK:

SUPERIMPOSE: SIX MONTHS LATER INT. JOHN’S HOUSE DAY

John is walking down the hallway of his home when the phone rings. He answers it.

JOHN Hello?

SERGEANT HUT
(With excitement in his voice)

John, is this you? This is Sergeant Hut!

JOHN
Yes Sergeant, this is me. How are

you Sergeant?

SERGEANT HUT
Well John, 
I’m doing great and I

got some great news for you! Congratulations, you’re in! You’re in the house!

JOHN
Sergeant, what are you talking

about? I think you may have me confused with someone else! Remember, I am John Gonzalez, missing 230 questions out of 230!

SERGEANT HUT
I know who you are! You are 
Manny’s

son! Hey listen, is your Dad there?

JOHN
No, 
he’s not Sergeant. He has not

made it home from work yet.

SERGEANT HUT
When your father gets home, can you

tell him I called and I need to see both of you tomorrow morning in my office early?

JOHN
Sure Sergeant, 
I’ll give him the

message!

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

21.

SERGEANT HUT O.K., thanks! Bye.

JOHN Bye Sergeant!

LATER
John’s father gets home about 8:30 P.M.

JOHN
Dad, Sergeant Hut called today and

he sounded excited, saying, "Congratulations, you’re in!" I thought he had me confused with someone else, but he said he was talking about me. The he asked me if you were home and I told him you were not. He then wanted me to ask you if we could be at his office early tomorrow morning. What’s he talking about Dad?

MANNY
Is that all he said?

JOHN
Yes dad, that was all. Hey Dad,

what’s Sergeant Hunt talking about?

MANNY
Well, we will both find out in the

morning! Get to bed early tonight. I’m getting you up early!

JOHN O.K. Dad!

FADE TO:

John finally hears his father snoring which allows him to know that Manny is out for the night.

FADE IN:

FADE OUT:

INT. JOHN’S HOME GARAGE NIGHT

John is in his garage rolling the biggest blunt he had ever rolled before and he made himself a rum and coke on ice.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:
EXT. 
JOHN’S HOME BACKYARD NIGHT

John steps outside into the backyard and starts to smoke his blunt and in drinking his rum and coke he is trying to figure out what the hell is going on with Sergeant Hut’s phone call and the appointment they have tomorrow. He stays up practically all night getting blitzed trying to figure it out.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN: INT. CAR DAY

Manny and his son, John leave their home to Sergeant Hut’s office early. Ten minutes before arriving to Sergeant Hut’s office, Manny tells his son, John:

MANNY
Son, what I am going to tell you is

going to stay between me, you and Sergeant Hut. Do you understand me?

JOHN Yes Dad.

MANNY
Do you remember the last time we

were at the Sergeant’s office and he was giving up, claiming you could not pass the test to get in?

JOHN Yes Dad.

MANNY
Remember when I sent you out into

the hallway? Well, when I sent you into the hallway, I asked him what it would take to get you in and he told me a 911 Porsche. He told me once I got the Porsche, he would have someone take the test for you,

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22.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

23.

MANNY (cont’d)
so you could enter the military.

Obviously he did it, and you’re in son!! Congratulations!

JOHN Thanks Dad.

EXT. RECRUITING OFFICE PARKING LOT DAY

FADE TO:

There is a special section for the recruiter’s parking. In the parking spaces for Air Force, Navy, Army and Marine Corps. there are white government-issued cars with government plates. In the Marine parking space, Manny points toward a 911 Porsche.

MANNY
That’s the one we got him, it’s a

nice one!

JOHN Wow, it is nice!

MANNY
Now, listen to me. When we go in

there, I just want you to shake his hand and tell him, "Thank you Sergeant, for everything." Then don’t bring anything up ever again. Do you understand me?

JOHN Yes Dad!

INT. SERGEANT’S OFFICE DAY

JOHN (VOICE OVER) Me and my dad walked into the

Sergeant’s office and the Sergeant looked sweaty and pale, as if he was just waiting to hear what I had to say. I shook his hand and told him thank you. When I tried to release the hand shake he had placed a death grip on my hand and I could feel his hand trembling. Using his left hand he pointed at himself and told me, "Don’t thank me, thank him!" Pointing at my

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CUT TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

24.

JOHN (VOICE OVER) (cont’d) father he tells me, "It was all his

idea, he is the one you have to thank." As I agree and try to release our hand shake he still holds onto my hand and asks me, "John, are we on the same page now?" I answer him, "Yes Sergeant." Moments later, Sergeant Hut is transporting me to special buses which are headed to the Marine Corps. Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA. I was on my way to boot camp knowing that I was entering the wrong way.I never expected for Sergeant Hut to have stooped as low as he did and broke the law to get me in. I feel the only positive thing that can come out of this is becoming a Marine and making my father proud of me.Looking back

on my life it was obvious to me that my father had realized he had handicapped my learning ability as a child and it was permanent damage that was caused to me that I would have to deal with for the rest of my life. I seen how my father
tried to make up for all the bad moments during my upraising once I had turned sixteen years old. All the beatings had stopped by then, thanks be to God. I could see that my father was more concerned on how I was going to make it in life than anything else. He allowed me some venting time by having helped me change my present environment that I so much needed.

FADE IN:
EXT. MARINE CORPS. RECRUIT DEPOT BASE SAN DIEGO, CA DAY MONTAGE
John getting his haircut.
Running in formation and in uniform.
Climbing the wall with the rope.
Running through tires.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

25.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I faced boot camp thinking of my

father and I gave it my best shot. I did not want to let my father down.

EXT. M.C.R.D. SAN DIEGO DAY

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I graduated from boot camp and

immediately got married.
John getting married and his wife throws the bouquet.

CUT TO:

INT. INFANTRY TRAINING SCHOOL DAY

John is reporting to Infantry Training School for his 3 month schooling.

3 months later

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I have graduated from Infantry

Training School and these are my permanent orders. I will be reporting to 1st Battalion 7th Marines in Camp Pendleton, San Diego as a 0311 infantry soldier. These orders are signed by the Commander in Chief, Ronald Reagan.

EXT. JOHN DRIVING DAY

CUT TO:

John arrives to his apartment, opens his front door and his wife Becky is sitting on the couch in the living room. John sits down next to her and hugs and kisses her.

JOHN
Hi Honey. How is your day going?

Do you want to read my reporting station orders?

Becky is five months pregnant.

BECKY
Sure, 
I’ll read the papers.

Becky is reading the papers and her demeanor changes from happy to crying.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

26.

BECKY (CONT’D) What does this all mean?

JOHN
I am leaving to Okinawa, Japan in

three months! For a six month training deployment.

BECKY
Well, you 
shouldn’t be too happy

John because that means you won’t be here for the birth of our child!

John’s smile turns into a sad look.

BECKY (CONT’D)
I am due a month or so after you

leave for Okinawa, Japan. Oh and by the way, if something were to happen to me or the baby, you will be responsible.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
That seemed pretty unfair because I

had orders in my hands that were signed by the Commander-In-Chief, which read that I must leave with 1st Battalion 7th Marines on my overseas tour. Here she is, guilt tripping me which put me in a difficult situation.

JOHN
Did you not see the bottom of my

orders that were signed by the Commander In Chief, Ronald Reagan?

BECKY Yes, I did.

JOHN
Why would you then think that I can

change these orders?

BECKY
I just want you to know I will hold

you responsible if something happens to me or our child.

CUT TO:

INT. BASE DAY

John is driving from his apartment to the base looking for 1st Battalion 7th Marines. John finds the Battalion and reports with his orders in hand. A STAFF MEMBER walks over to John and checks him in.

STAFF MEMBER
Most of the men are on liberty, I

am now going to take you to your company platoon and show you around a little.

The Staff Member points to John where the chow hall is located as well as the barracks, showers, sinks and toilets. He ultimately takes John to his room. John and Staff Member enter John’s room.

FADE IN:
JOHN’S ROOM INSIDE THE BARRACKS

STAFF MEMBER
This is your room, this is your

wall locker, and this is your foot locker. Right now there are two other Marines sharing this room with you. One of the Marines you should just try to ignore, he sleeps over on this bunk. He is actually being kicked out of the Marine Corps. and shouldn’t even be here much longer. You should just relax, unpack and go get some chow before it gets late. You will be shown around tomorrow to see all that we have.

JOHN
Thank you, you have been a lot of

help.

John lays down on his bed with his hands behind his head, face-up on the top bunk. A Marine, BOB, walks in.

BOB
Hey, 
how’s it going? I’m Bob.

John hops down and shakes his hand.

JOHN Hi, I’m John.

27.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 28.

BOB
Did they tell you where the chow

hall is?

JOHN Yes they did.

BOB
Yeah, everything is going really

good with the platoon. I am actually your roommate and there’s another Marine that is bunked in here with us.

Bob and John stand there talking.

BOB (CONT’D)
The Marine that is bunked on the

other side of our room is being dishonorably discharged.He is really bad news and I advise you to stay away from him. He’s trouble.

FADE IN:
INT. BARRACKS NIGHT

FADE OUT:

John and Bob are asleep when the door creaks open. John opens one eye, peeking and notices a short African American guy that walks in and shuts the door behind him. He starts performing martial arts ceiling kicks that were making the seams of his pants cry. The alcohol smell that was coming from his breath was very overwhelming. As he was breathing very heavily and making sounds while doing the routine, John pretends to be asleep.

INT. QUARTERS 6:00 A.M. DAY

VOICE OVER LOUDSPEAKER Fall out for formation!

John and Bob get up and get dressed into uniform and go outside to line up for formation. MIKEEN stays asleep on his bed.

FADE TO:

FADE OUT:

EXT. QUARTERS DAY

The SERGEANT walks down the line and checks that all the Marines are present and accounted for.

SERGEANT
You are released for chow!

The formation line turns to the left and marches in line to the chow hall.

CUT TO:

INT. CHOW HALL DAY

The Marines are leaving the chow hall, marching in formation to the Armory to draw their weapons. Weapons are drawn, they march back to the barracks to do rifle maintenance.

FADE TO:

INT. JOHN’S ROOM DAY
John walks into his room and MIKEEN is just getting up.

JOHN
Hi, my name is John.

They shake hands.

MIKEEN
Hi, 
I’m Mikeen, you probably have

heard about me.

JOHN
Are you really leaving?

John jumps and takes a seat on his bed.

MIKEEN
I sure am! Things happened to me

that were pretty unfair. I have given the Marine Corps. so much of my life and energy. The Marine Corps. should have been accurate when they accused me wrongfully.

JOHN Like what Mikeen?

MIKEEN
One night I was coming out of the

enlisted club and I had had my (MORE)

29.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

30.

MIKEEN (cont’d)
share of drinks. As I was leaving,

there were three Caucasian Marines that looked like they had just exited the officer’s club. As we were going to cross paths I overheard them saying, ’Hey, look at that little black monkey coming our way. Doesn’t he look funny? As they were all laughing. Right when we were going to cross paths they continued with their racial slurs. I questioned them, ’What little black monkey are you speaking of?’ They answered, ’you.’ At that moment the one in front of me raised his hand in motion to strike me. I defended myself and hurt him then the other one came at me also. He also ended up getting hurt. As the third one ran off and before I was able to make it back into the barracks he had identified me to the Military Police which placed me under arrest and they charged me with assaulting two Marine Corps. officers. That is the reason why I am so unfairly being kicked out of the Marine Corps. If you ever have to defend yourself, for whatever reason, remember their motto here, "The pen is mightier than the sword."

JOHN
What do you mean by that?

MIKEEN
If you ever have a problem or an

emergency and you need to take care of business legally this is what you do. You start with your Fire Team leader and don’t skip anybody from that point up the chain of command. You have the right to request mast and continue to go up the chain of command in order, all the way up to the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States. Every time you request mast they must have you see the next person in the chain of command within 72 hours. If not, your

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(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

31.

MIKEEN (cont’d) military rights are violated. If

you ever find yourself away from your company for whatever reason attach yourself to the nearest Marine Corps. wing and start falling out in their formation as you will then be present and accounted for just make sure you quickly call your Battalion and tell them what your emergency is and not to worry as you are not U.A., but falling out in formation with another Marine Corps outfit. Make sure they ask you where you are attached to and then they will call that outfit and order them to have you report back to your company Battalion. If you ever find yourself in hot water on base, seek the assistance of the Navy Chaplain, he is God on base and has all the power to help you.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
That day I spoke with Mikeen for

about one hour. The following day I spoke with Mikeen for about forty-five minutes and he briefed me on the different ways I should go about helping myself legally in the Marine Corps. under hardship conditions. After that second day, they came in and took Mikeen. He was gone because I never saw him again!

FADE IN:
SUPERIMPOSE: ONE WEEK LATER INT. 
JOHN’S APARTMENT DAY

FADE OUT:

John walks into his apartment and Becky is on the couch crying.

JOHN What’s wrong dear?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

32.

BECKY
It is so unfair that you will be

leaving during the time that I need your moral support for the birth of our child! You can’t delay your departure date or something?

JOHN
You know what honey, 
you’re right!

I am going to try to do something about it!

John walks to the bedroom, he opens up his stash box and starts rolling up a marijuana blunt that would make even Chi Chi and Chung Chung jealous. Becky lays down for a nap in the bedroom and John then walks over to the refrigerator, pulls out an ice cold beer, walks over to the back door, opens it slightly, sits down on a chair and gets lit up.

FADE TO:

The next day. EXT. COMPOUND DAY

John pulls up to the compound base. He gets out of his car and walks into his FIRE TEAM LEADER’S room.

FIRE TEAM LEADER How may I help you Private?

JOHN
Lance Corporal, I am under extreme

pressure due to my wife being pregnant and me not being able to be with her when our child is born. This is due to my deployment overseas.

FIRE TEAM LEADER
You mean to say that you need to

stay so you can help her give birth and miss going overseas with us?

JOHN
That is exactly what I mean..

FIRE TEAM LEADER (Laughing)

You are definitely not in the right state of mind. What you are requesting will be totally impossible because none of us have

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(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

33.

FIRE TEAM LEADER (cont’d) the power to change or override

presidential orders signed by the President himself! On top of everything you are military property, the U.S. government owns you being that you are under contract with us.

JOHN
I request mast Lance Corporal!

SUPERIMPOSE: SIXTY NINE HOURS LATER. INT. PLATOON STAFF SERGEANT’S OFFICE DAY

STAFF SERGEANT
I suggest that you stop what you are doing by requesting mast and

start getting into the frame of mind of knowing that you are leaving with us, because you are our property. You signed a contract, you gave up all your rights and you are nobody to sit here and say that your wife needs your support! Who cares, we are first, your family comes second. You are government property! Do you understand?!

JOHN
I need to give her my support for

the birth of our child and make sure everything goes well for her also.

STAFF SERGEANT No, request denied!!

JOHN
I request mast Staff Sergeant!

STAFF SERGEANT
You know Private, your days on

earth are going to be coming to an end soon, because you are messing with the wrong people!

FADE TO:

Staff Sergeant is enraged, the veins on the side of his face are bulging and his face is turning red.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 34.

FADE OUT:

John Walks out of the Platoon Staff Sergeant’s office, walking across the grass.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
He took this more personal than

anything because he felt I was being disobedient, disloyal and unfaithful to the Marine Corps. in choosing my family over them. This put me in a very awful position and ultimately, a dangerous one as threats on my life were already coming. As each day went on, what I noticed was that the blunts got bigger and the beers kept coming and coming as I was discovering more and more animals in the ranks! My fear level alarm was starting to go off and I felt threatened!

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVENTY HOURS LATER. INT. 2ND LIEUTENANT PAS’ OFFICE DAY

FADE TO:

John is placed at attention throughout the entire dialogue.

2ND LIEUTENANT PAS How can I help you Marine?

JOHN
I am seeking to be transferred to

another Battalion, so I can be here to support my wife and my child which is soon to be born. 

2ND LIEUTENANT PAS
You know Marine, what I would fear the most in going into combat with

you? That you would be the first one to put a bullet in my head. Tell me that’s not the truth? Your request is denied.

JOHN
Sir, with all due respect I request

mast.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

35.

2ND LIEUTENANT PAS
How did I know you were just going

to say that? You are dismissed Marine!

2nd Lieutenant Pas has a very serious look on his face and his eyes are bulging out.

JOHN Thank you sir.

FADE TO:

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVENTY-ONE HOURS LATER.
INT. COMPANY GUNNERY 
SERGEANT’S OFFICE DAY
John is placed at attention throughout the entire dialogue.

GUNNERY SERGEANT How can I help you Private?

JOHN
Gunnery Sergeant, as you know right

now I need to support my family. I can not go overseas with you and leave my family behind at this moment.

GUNMNERY SERGEANT
Let me tell you something Private.

Soon, your wife is going to be receiving a letter, that informs her that you have died in a training exercise maneuver! We are then going to inform her that we will be organizing your burial and we will be sending her a check for forty thousand dollars so she can go spend it with Tom, Dick or Harry! What do you have to say about that Marine?

JOHN
I request mast Gunnery Sergeant..

GUNNERY SERGEANT
Get the fuck out of my office!!

Gunnery Sergeant is enraged, he pounds his desk with both of his hands and kicks the trash can. All the trash files out.

FADE TO:

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVENTY HOURS LATER.
INT. COMPANY FIRST 
SERGEANT’S OFFICE DAY
John is placed at attention throughout the entire dialogue.

FIRST SERGEANT
Take your eyes off of me Private!

Now, what the fuck do you want?

JOHN
I can not deploy overseas with our

company.

FIRST SERGEANT
I know the whole story by now and

what you need to know is that your existence on earth is limited.
What do you have to say about that?

JOHN
I request mast First Sergeant...

FIRST SERGEANT
Get the fuck out of my office

before I kill you right now.

First Sergeant punches the wall next to John and starts to curse and swear.

FADE OUT:

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVENTY-ONE HOURS LATER.
INT. COMPANY COMMANDER, CAPTAIN 
LEFE’S OFFICE DAY
John is placed at attention throughout the entire dialogue.

CAPTAIN LEFE
Hey Marine, you look scared, you

should be. I will tell you one thing, believe it or not it is still not too late to have your burial canceled. All you have to do is tell me here and now that you are no longer continuing to request mast and I give you my word nothing will happen to you! What do you have to say about that Marine?

JOHN
With all due respect sir, I request

mast.

36.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

37.

CAPTAIN LEFE
Here in the Marine Corps. we do not

break the rules for nobody, we do not make an exceptions! Today I tried to help you and you did not accept my help. Soon you will wish that you had accepted my help. Get the fuck out of my office before I pull your eyes out.

Captain Lefe’s hands are shaking, he grabs a hold of his telephone and smashes it down on the desk. He is totally enraged.

FADE OUT:

John is walking out of Captain Lefe’s office and he is walking down the hallway.

JOHN (VOICE OVER) In my case, the Marine Corps.

personnel had broken the rules from the very beginning by how THE SYSTEM had gotten me into the military illegally. I am not buying anything the Captain or any of my other superiors are telling me regarding my orders not being able to be changed. My trust factor is at zero on anything they tell me!

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVENTY HOURS LATER
int. battalion lieutenant major 
cole’s office day
John is now going to regiment level.
John is placed at attention throughout the entire dialogue.

LIEUTENANT MAJOR COLE I’ve heard a lot about you Marine

and I feel awfully bad for you as I have overheard that my boys are doing casket measurements for you. They want to make sure that after they kill you, your body fits in the box! What do you have to say about that Private?

JOHN
Sir, with all due respect I request

mast.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

38.

LIEUTENANT MAJOR COLE Remember, I tried to help you! You

are dismissed.

Lieutenant Major Cole stares at John in an intense manner, points at the door and tells him to get out.

CUT TO:

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVENTY-ONE HOURS LATER.
INT. SERGEANT MAJOR 
HEN’S OFFICE DAY
John is now at regiment level.
John is placed at attention throughout the entire dialogue.

SERGEANT MAJOR HEN Private Gonzalez I have heard a lot

about you son and at this point I want to give you some advice. I am a war veteran. In combat I was wounded and almost killed while my wife was having our children. I assure you that it’s not going to be like that with you! You are just going on a basic training exercise and you should just try to calm your wife down and calm yourself down. You have responsibilities now that you need to keep because you did sign a contract with the Marine Corps. Your wife will have nothing to fear because there is an organization called the Marine Corps. Wives that stay behind when the men leave. They are a unified group that work together. She also has the Navy and all the facilities that the Navy has to offer. Marine, no matter how you feel right now regarding your wife and missing the birth of your child you are still going overseas. You are just going to continue to make things worse for yourself if you continue to try to fight! You have made several people very mad at you already! Unless you stop, someone may choose to have you killed for making us look bad! O.K. Marine, what do you have to say about what I have just told you?

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

39.

JOHN
Sergeant Major Hen, with all due

respect, I request mast.

Sergeant Major Hen looks at John with a look of rage and rolls his fist.

SERGEANT MAJOR HEN Leave my office because you are

unfaithful and not deserving of my time. Watch your back because you have it coming! Get the fuck out of my office!

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVENTY-ONE HOURS AND FIFTY-SEVEN MINUTES LATER.

INT. COLONEL SULVAN’S OFFICE DAY

COLONEL SULVAN’S OFFICE O.K. Marine, so my boys are telling

me they have all given you good advice and today I’m going to try the same thing with you. I am a highly decorated war veteran. I had to shoot to kill and I was shot and almost died while my wife was having my children back home. I was in the Korean War and the Vietnam War and barely made it out alive. I did not get to see my children until quite some time later. This is definitely not the case for you. We are going on a training exercise deployment overseas and your wife will be very well taken care of while you’re gone. You know, you could quite possibly have an intentional training exercise death caused by someone you have upset due to your numerous mast requests. What would your wife and child do if you end up dead?I advise you to go back

to work, stop all that you have been doing and get ready to deploy overseas with us. I want you to follow my orders and do everything you are supposed to do and stop all this nonsense. I do not know why you think I can over ride your

(MORE)

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

40.

COLONEL SULVAN’S OFFICE (cont’d) deployment orders that are signed

by the President of the United States. He is the only one that can change them and I am not going to ask him for you. You are going with us and that’s final! What do you have to say Marine?

JOHN
Colonel Sulvan, I request mast sir.

Colonel Sulvan opens his office door.

COLONEL SULVAN (Shouting.)

Get out!

John walks out of the door just in the nick of time because the door slams right behind him as Colonel Sulvan tries to hit John with the door.

EXT. COLONEL SULVAN’S OFFICE DAY

John is walking across the grass.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I knew that my mission to be there for my wife and child needed to be

accomplished! No matter what it would take. My fear level alarm once again was ringing. Being that I was at regiment level now, there was a good possibility that they would make good on their threats.
I was feeling fearful inside, but I knew I could not show my emotions.

INT. NAVY HOSPITAL DAY

FADE TO: FADE OUT:

John and his wife, Becky are going to her 7 1/2 month O.B./GYN appointment. John and his wife check in at the hospital and they are told that the doctor they were going to see wasn’t available and they would be meeting with another doctor. John and his wife are upset because the same thing happened at the previous appointment. John and his wife go to a hospital room and the DOCTOR walks in.

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

41.

DOCTOR JIM
Hello, my name is Doctor Jim!

JOHN
Where is my 
wife’s regular doctor?

DOCTOR JIM
Well, we are Navy doctors and we

switch up all the time. Most of us are interns, right out of Medical School.

JOHN
Honey, I 
don’t think this is right

because something like this is very private for a woman and I feel that you should have your own gynecologist leading you through all of this. What do you think?

BECKY
I agree and this 
isn’t what I want

either.

BECKY What will we do?

JOHN
Get the hell out of here!

John and Becky leave the room, leaving the doctor behind. INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT DAY

FADE TO:

Dr. Cheung is a private O.B./GYN doctor located in the city of Monterey Park, CA and he has been Becky’s primary O.B./GYN doctor since the beginning of her pregnancy.

John is calling the SECRETARY at DR. CHEUNG’s office to schedule an O.B./GYN appointment for his wife.

DR. CHEUNG’S SECRETARY Dr. Cheung’s office how can I help

you?

JOHN
Hi, this is John Gonzalez calling

and I am trying to schedule an appointment for my wife, Becky Gonzalez.

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Secretary looks for an appointment date on the computer and finds notes that indicate that Dr. Cheung’s patient, Becky had moved to San Clemente with her husband John who is a Marine in the military.

SECRETARY
Aren’t you in the military?

JOHN Yes, I am.

SECRETARY
Your wife is supposed to go to the

Navy Hospital for her prenatal care.

JOHN
We know that, we tried that and it

did not work out for us. SECRETARY

Why?

JOHN
Because we were told that every

time she goes in for her check-up there would be a different doctor examining her. This is something very private for my wife and she needs her own personal O.B./GYN doctor. That is the reason why she is requesting to return back to Dr. Cheung.

SECRETARY
Well, we have a problem. We are a

private health care provider and the insurance that you have now is Champus. We can not bill a military insurance.

JOHN
Can you talk to Dr. Cheung and ask

him if there is something he can do to help us?

SECRETARY
Please hold and I will ask him.

Secretary walks to Dr. Cheung and explains the situation to him.

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CONTINUED: 43.

Secretary

DR. CHEUNG
I have never billed Champus before

but there is a first time for everything. Give Becky an appointment, we will work out the insurance issues.

SECRETARY O.K. doctor.

walks back to the phone.

SECRETARY
Hello Mr. Gonzalez, Dr. Cheung says

he has never been in this situation before but he wants to see your wife and is going to move forward with the insurance issues. When were you planning on bringing your wife in?

JOHN
How does this coming Friday sound,

can you give us a late afternoon appointment?

SECRETARY
How does four 
o’clock sound?

JOHN fine.

SECRETARY
We will see you by this Friday at

4:00 p.m.

JOHN
Can you please tell Dr. Cheung

thank you for us? We appreciate your help also, thank you. Good bye.

INT. GARFIELD MEDICAL CENTER DAY

John and Becky are in a room at the doctor’s office. DR. CHEUNG walks in.

DR. CHEUNG
Hi Becky, hi John, nice to see you.

I never thought we would meet again especially knowing that you John

(MORE)

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

44.

DR. CHEUNG (cont’d)
are in the Marine Corps. I always

put my patients health care first even though I don not know if your insurance Champus may cover care the bill. John, if they don’t cover my charges, will you?

JOHN
Yes Doctor, by all means I will.

DR. CHEUNG
I understand why you are seeking my

attention. Becky’s pregnancy is something very special and should a private experience. Becky should decide who her treating physician is and have that doctor be the only one. The Navy seems to not care about a woman’s privacy during her pregnancy on having multiple doctors checking her. I understand why you have had to make this change and I stand behind your decision.

JOHN
You know we appreciate you Doctor

and we will be driving out from San Clemente to your office in Monterey Park for her check ups. We are requesting that she give birth at the hospital that you are associated with.

DR. CHEUNG
Thank you for picking me, I

appreciate you two also. John and the doctor shake hands.

DR. CHEUNG Becky, lay down please.

The doctor puts on his gloves and does an ultrasound on Becky.

Thirty days later John and Becky receive a call from Dr. Chueng’s office informing them that Champus agreed to cover all medical expenses related to Becky’s prenatal treatment and delivery

FADE TO BLACK:

FADE IN:
INT. 
JOHN’S BARRACKS DAY
John is sitting on his bed reading a magazine.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
I remember there were about two

days left before the deployment of my battalion overseas. For the thirty days before deployment, they were holding J.O.B. which were junk on the bunk inspections. The purpose of those inspections are to have all of your war combat gear inspected daily because we were A.T.C.B. (Air Tactical Control Battalion) which means that if any war were to break out anywhere in the world we would be the next to deploy. That is how serious it was for us to be ready to go at any moment in case of an emergency.

Our bunks (beds) were to be inspected every day for the last thirty days by our Platoon Staff Sergeant and the Company Commander which is an U.S.M.C. Captain. I was being inspected before the inspection by my Fire Team Leader and Squad Leader and they would come into my room and notice that none of my gear was present or accounted for. When they would ask me where my gear was I would let them know it was at home as I was in a request mast process and I was requesting to not deploy overseas. Once they saw they weren’t getting anywhere with me they would then go to the Platoon staff Sergeant and then he would approach me, asking me why my gear was at home. I then informed him as I did the others that I am in the request mast process and I was requesting to not deploy overseas.He would give me
a direct order to go home, pick up my gear and come back as soon as possible. He would tell me that it was his job to keep me squared away and if the Company Commander shows up and all my gear is not on my

(MORE)

45.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

46.

JOHN (VOICE OVER) (cont’d) bunk, ready for inspection, he is

held liable and gets in trouble for it.

EXT. PARKING LOT DAY

FADE OUT:

John is leaving the barracks, he gets into his car and drives away.

INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT DAY
John enters his apartment and surprises his wife.

BECKY
What are you doing home so early

honey?

JOHN
I’m taking a little lunch break.

BECKY
Wow, 
what’s the occasion?

JOHN Oh, I missed you.

BECKY
Oh, 
you’re so nice honey. Hey, I

was just going to start making me some lunch. Do you want me to make you one of your favorite sandwiches?

JOHN
That sounds great, 
I’m starving.

Becky is in the kitchen making lunch. John goes to his living room and rolls a double marijuana special blunt and once it is rolled he walks to the refrigerator and pulls out a beer. John then walks back to the living room, opens the patio door and sits on a chair on his patio getting blitz, smoking marijuana and drinking.

SUPERIMPOSE: TEN MINUTES LATER.

BECKY
Honey, 
it’s lunch time.

CUT TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 47.

John puts everything away, cleans himself up and has lunch with Becky. After lunch John goes to the living room to watch t.v.

BECKY
Hey honey, when are you going back

to base?

JOHN
Well, the inspection 
isn’t until

3:00 p.m. today and it is barely 1:15 p.m., so I still have time.

BECKY What inspection?

JOHN
Oh, just a little something that we

have going on at the base today.

At 2:15 p.m. John walks into the restroom, brushes his teeth, flosses, and puts eye drops in his eyes because his eyes looked redder than an apple, he practically bathed himself in men’s cologne and chewed 3 sticks of gum. Once he was finished he walks into the living room where Becky was sitting down.

JOHN Gotta go honey.

BECKY
Well, what should I make you for

dinner tonight?

JOHN
One of those ribeye steaks would be

great!
John and Becky kiss and hug and John leaves the apartment.

FADE TO:

EXT. MARINE BASE DAY

John is being waved in by the military police on base as he passes the entrance gates.

JOHN (V.O.)
If they only knew how high 
I’m

flying, they would be so jealous!

John is passing the barracks going toward the parking lot area as he notices the Platoon Staff Sergeant running in his direction.

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CONTINUED: 48.

John parks the car and the Platoon Staff Sergeant approaches John’s car and starts to look into the car through the

windows.

He notices that there is no gear inside the car.

PLATOON STAFF SERGEANT Where is your fucking gear?

JOHN
At home Staff Sergeant.

PLATOON STAFF SERGEANT Did I not order you to bring it back to base for the inspection

today?

JOHN
Yes, you did Staff Sergeant.

Staff Sergeant is requesting John to open the trunk of the car. John opens the car trunk and when he sees that there isn’t any gear in the trunk he goes crazy. Staff Sergeant in a rage is kicking rocks, kicking dirt, yelling and cursing.

PLATOON STAFF SERGEANT
I hope you know you gave gotten me in big trouble because in about 15 minutes when the Company Commander

comes in and sees that you do not have your war gear I will have to deal with the consequences of it. I’ll deal with you later.

John stands there and remains quiet. John closes the trunk of his car and walks into the barracks.

FADE OUT:

FADE IN:
INT. 
JOHN’S BARRACKS DAY

John walks into his room and sees two Marines (one of them is named BOB) in the room with all of their stuff spit shined ready to go. John opens up his wall locker and his foot locker and starts to take out dirty, soiled underwear, socks, under shirts, and starts to make a stack on the deck (floor) as it was starting to look like a mountain. The fumes were very overwhelming as this was under clothes that he had from the last training exercise out in the bush.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

49.

BOB
Boy, I wonder what is going to

happen next John once the Company Commander comes in our room and sees all your dirty laundry on the floor?

JOHN
You know what Bob? If he gets

offended because I am doing my laundry that is his problem so don’t worry about it. Just worry about yourself and what you need to do.

Some of the clothes had feces on it. As John is continuing to pile out more clothes he is hearing two doors away where they are yelling out, "Attention on deck!" He knows they are just about to enter his room. Now they enter his room,the Platoon Staff Sergeant walks in accompanied by the Company Commander Captain Lefe.

STAFF SERGEANT Attention on deck!

John had positioned himself with his back towards the door knowing if he played deaf and was not directly looking at them he could not get in trouble for not coming to attention. John pretends he never heard anything and continues to drop the dirtiest underwear with the biggest feces stains on the deck practically on the Platoon Staff Sergeant’s foot. Now the Platoon Staff Sergeant positions himself directly behind John and leans forward yelling at the top of his lungs.

STAFF SERGEANT Attention on deck!

John has been holding the dirtiest feces underwear of them all in his right hand and as he is coming to attention he drops it off to his side, behind him and it lands on the Platoon Staff Sergeant’s spit shined combat boot.

STAFF SERGEANT What the fuck is this?

The Company Commander Captain Lefe steps up as the Platoon Staff Sergeant moves aside.

CAPTAIN LEFE
I remember you Private. You are

the one that is trying to not deploy overseas with us. I have to

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

50.

CAPTAIN LEFE (cont’d) hand it to you, you got an

incredible pile of shitted clothes and it smells like hell too! Let’s get the hell out of here before I throw up.

Once they leave, the other two Marines in the room thank John for not having been inspected as they had things that were missing for their inspection.

FADE TO:

EXT. BARRACKS MORNING

The next day at 4:00 A.M. the Platoon Staff Sergeant is walking down the hall, shouting out for everybody to line up for formation as they were holding an unexpected drug test.

JOHN (V.O.)
Here we go again! I hope they have

some type of budget crisis and I am one of the ones that do not have their specimen tested. I’ve already been lucky four other times. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Marines are instructed to re-enter the barrack’s restroom one by one in order to take a drug test. Each Marine present himself individually to Second Lieutenant Pass. Fire Team Leader stands next to Second Lieutenant Pas and he is in charge of passing Second Lieutenant Pas the drug test urine bottles which are labeled with rank, name, and social security number. Second Lieutenant Pas confirms identity by having each Marine read off rank, name and social security number. Once their identity is confirmed then the Second Lieutenant hands them the bottle and tells them to urinate in it.

After John gives his urine sample he is told by the Platoon Staff Sergeant that he is being ordered to the Company Commander’s office immediately.

CUT TO:

INT. COMPANY COMMANDER’S OFFICE DAY

John arrives to the COMPANY COMMANDER’S office and knocks on the door. John enters the room.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

51.

COMPANY COMMANDER (Yelling loudly at John.)

Come to attention dirt bag.

John comes to attention. The Company Commander is sitting behind his desk. Standing to the left of the Company Commander is the Company Gunnery Sergeant. Standing to the right of the Company Commander is the Company First Sergeant. All three high ranking officers are looking at John as if they wanted to kill him. While at attention, John attempts to look directly at the Company Commander.

COMPANY COMMANDER
Quit eye fucking me dirt bag! You either take your eyes off of me or

I am going to have one of my boys go over there and poke out your eyeballs. I want to tell you something dirt bag. I am going to give you direct orders dirt bag. You are to go back to your barracks, empty out your wall locker, your foot locker and bring back all your belongings with you. I am ordering you not to talk to any of my men as you are doing that. I am ordering you to report back to my office A.S.A.P. as you will not be deploying with us tomorrow. You are being transferred to 2nd Battalion 7th Marines. Get the fuck out of my office.

John leaves the Company Commander’s office and is walking back to the barracks.

JOHN (V.O.)
My heart was beating out of my

chest, everything they had told me was a bunch of lies. All along they were telling me that none of them had the authorization to over ride presidential orders yet someone did override those orders and now I’m staying behind to take care of my wife and soon to be born child. What a great day today is!

CUT TO:

INT. BARRACKS DAY

John walks into his room and his two roommates are watching him pack his belongings very quickly. All of a sudden more and more soldiers enter John’s room all asking him, "Where are you going?"

BOB
What are you doing? Where are you

going?

JOHN
Guys, I am not going, you are. I

need to inform you that I am under strict orders from the Company Commander to not be able to speak to any of you about anything. Take care of yourselves and may God bless you. Have a nice trip! Bye!

John walks out with his belongings.

INT. COMPANY OFFICE DAY

FADE TO:

John wakes up at 3:00 a.m. and looks out the window of the room he was in and sees all of 1st Battalion 7th Marines falling out in formation on the parade deck. Within moments they were all loaded on buses, being transported to the airport to deploy to Okinawa, Japan for their six month overseas deployment.

JOHN (V.O.)
In that moment, I knew I was going

to now be able to be there for my wife and child. It is an overwhelming feeling that words cannot describe.

John reports to 2nd Battalion 7th Marines for duty.

SUPERIMPOSE: WEEKS LATER INT. HOSPITAL NIGHT

Becky is in the labor and delivery room with John. in labor.

FADE TO:

She is

52.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

53.

JOHN (V.O.)
I was there for my wife and the

arrival of our beautiful baby girl. John is now holding his baby girl.

EXT. MARINE BASE DAY
John is in full uniform, lined up.

JOHN (V.O.)
I ended up transferring into the

2nd Battalion 7th Marines and six months later deployed with them for my overseas training to Okinawa, Japan.

FADE TO:

John’s wife is holding their six month old baby, and waving goodbye to him from behind the fence as he gets on the bus to deploy overseas.

EXT. TRAINING BASE- OKINAWA, JAPAN DAY John is training deep inside the bush.

JOHN (V.O.)
We were about 15 miles deep into

the bush undergoing training exercise.When my sixth sense
kicked in causing me a very uncomfortable feeling. I had an overwhelming feeling that something was not right back home with the family. The next thing I know, there was a Jeep approaching. Before the Jeep passes me a Marine inside who was actually working up at the company office tells me...

MARINE IN JEEP
Hey Gonzalez, you 
didn’t hear it

from me, but there are several messages up in the company office stating that somebody in your family has died. They were sent by Navy Red Cross.

The marine in the Jeep drives off and John takes off running with his rifle, going U.A. (unauthorized) from the area and

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 54.

nobody sees him! As John is trying to make it back to his company office on base he has 15 miles of distance to cover. He stopped around 7 times and was questioned by different military personnel. They ask him for his orders, who is the outfit he is with and why is he by himself without orders and every time John is able to convince them that he will pick up the orders and bring them back to show them, he is doing all of this because several times they want to detain him. One of the people that had stopped him is described as Guard #1. John goes all the way around, down a crevice, down a ravine, into a river, and through whatever obstacles there are in the mountains, to go around. To go around the people that had just stopped him so that they would not see him again.

FADE TO:

INT. COMPANY OFFICE DAY

Once John makes it back to his company office on base he enters the company office and he is approached by FIRST SERGEANT SAND that is a big African American.

FIRST SERGEANT SAND What the hell are you doing here,

Gonzalez? Who gave you authorization to come here?

JOHN
I am unauthorized.

FIRST SERGEANT SAND
So you are in unauthorized status!

JOHN
Yes, First Sergeant! I found out

that there were messages up here in the company office that said someone in my family had died and I needed to find out if it was true or not.

First Sergeant sand slaps the rifle out of John’s hands and takes it.

FIRST SERGEANT SAND
I am going to investigate what you

are saying and after that I am going to bust you for being unauthorized UA.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

55.

JOHN
Thank you, First Sergeant!

The First Sergeant walks to the fax machine and starts going through a stack of papers. Once he gets through finding John’s papers he walks back to John.

FIRST SERGEANT SAND Well! Guess what, Gonzalez? I

have more bad news for you. The person that died was your father-in-law. He is not considered immediate family so as far as you thinking that you are going to make it back to the United States, get it off your mind, it’s not going to happen. Now, wait here until I go and secure your rifle. Once I get back, I am going to bust you for being UA.

The First Sergeant leaves the room and John runs through the front door and starts running.

JOHN (V.O.)
I was running and as I ran, Private

Mikeen came into my mind and vividly told me, "If you are ever in trouble on base seek the Navy Chaplain for help, he is God on base!"

John stops and asks someone where the Navy Chaplain’s office is located. John runs all the way to the Chaplain’s office front door and opens it. He is out of breath, very sweaty with a horrified look on his face!

FADE TO:

INT. CHAPLAIN’S OFFICE DAY

Inside the chaplain’s office are high level military enlisted and officers waiting to speak to the Navy Chaplain. The room has 30 chairs lined up to the left and 30 chairs lined up to the right against the wall where these military people are sitting. John enters and starts to walk right down the middle of the room headed toward a desk. As he is walking he is overhearing the same military people that are sitting on the chairs saying to each other, "Wow, take a lookatthatMarine. Looks like he just seen the devil, I wonder what’s wrong with him?He doesn’t look good at all. He is definitely have a bad day." John finally approaches the desk located at the rear part of the room as he

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED: 56.

approaches the desk he makes eye contact with the person seated behind the desk which is a U.S.M.C. FEMALE SERGEANT and has a pit-bull looking face and demeanor.

FEMALE SERGEANT How can I help you Private?

JOHN
I need to speak to the Chaplain,

Sergeant.

Female Sergeant grabs a 14" thick appointment book and places it in front of her and opens it.

FEMALE SERGEANT
You want to talk to the Chaplain?!

What time is your appointment Private?

JOHN
don’t have an appointment

Sergeant.

By that time John could hear everyone in the room laughing at him.

FEMALE SERGEANT
Private, you thought you could just

walk into the Navy Chaplain’s office without an appointment and see him? That never happens, he is booked six months in advance as he is a very important person.

Everyone in the room is looking at John and a lot of them are still laughing. A door opens and the CHAPLAIN (a man with a very short haircut, wearing numerous medals and ribbons on his chest speaking with a Texan accent)and a Marine walks out. The Chaplain hands the Female Sergeant the Marine’s file and gives her instructions on what to do with it. Once John sees there is an opportunity he makes eye contact with the Chaplain and approaches him from the side.

                    JOHN
               (Politely)

Chaplain sir, my name is Private John F. Gonzalez. May I ask for a moment of your time? Sir, I have something very important to discuss with you, please!

The chaplain opens his door wide open.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

57.

NAVY CHAPLAIN Come on in son!

INT. CHAPLAIN’S OFFICE DAY

FADE TO:

John walks inside his office and centers himself in front of the Navy Chaplain’s desk, standing at attention. John notices photographs on the wall of the Navy Chaplain standing with previous U.S. Presidents going back three or four terms. John is feeling intimidated and realizes the Navy Chaplain’s power. The Navy Chaplain shuts the door.

NAVY CHAPLAIN
At ease Marine. Have a seat. How

can I help you Private?

JOHN
Sir, I have a problem. There has

been a death in my family. I just found out that my father-in-law has passed away and my wife is going to need my presence and my moral support during this massive time of grief in our lives.

NAVY CHAPLAIN
What outfit are you with Marine?

Who were you speaking to over there about this?

JOHN
I am with 2nd Battalion 7th Marines

and First Sergeant Sand knows the situation.

The Chaplain picks up the phone and calls First Sergeant Sand.

NAVY CHAPLAIN
Hi First Sergeant Sand, this is the

Navy Base Chaplain! I have your Marine, Private Gonzalez in my office and I am calling to verify that Private Gonzalez has received word that his father-in-law has died. Can you verify that for me?

FIRST SERGEANT SAND
Yes, Chaplain sir. I have the Navy

Red Cross messages here on my desk and that information is true.

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

58.

NAVY CHAPLAIN
O.K. First Sergeant Sand.Now that

we have verified that this Marines father in law has indeed died, I feel it is necessary for him to deploy back to the U.S. and serve as moral support for his wife. I will be placing him on an eight day leave and I will book his flight back to the U.S. today. I am going to have my personal driver take him over in my Jeep so he can pick up whatever gear he needs to take with him. Thank you for your help First Sergeant, and have a great day. O.K. son everything is going to work out for you and your family. My driver will be talking you over to pick up your personal belongings and I will direct him where to take you for your flight back to the U.S.

JOHN

Chaplain sir, thank you for all of your help. You have no idea how much my family appreciates what you have done for us. May God bless you and may you have a great day.

NAVY CHAPLAIN
And you also, have a safe trip.

EXT. CHAPLAIN’S OFFICE DAY

FADE TO:

John is in the Chaplain’s Jeep being driven to his barracks. As they are driving, there are people saluting John along the way. It is a hilarious scene as people walking along see the Navy Chaplain’s Jeep coming, the front bumper shows it is the Navy’s Chaplain’s Jeep with his rank showing on the bumper. Everyone knows you have to salute the vehicle and many of them were even imagining it was the actual Chaplain in the front seat.Several military people noticed the front of the Jeep and pretended they did not see that it belonged to the Chaplain. They look away until the last moment and before the Jeep passes them they look sideways into the passenger window to then see if they can make out who is sitting there. John has noticed they still have not saluted him so he has his face smashed on the window with teeth showing and eyes bulging out catching their attention. Once the military people look into the window and see the face looking back at them they immediately salute with a

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horrified look on their face. Thinking it had been the Chaplain himself and that they had ignored him initially.
As the Jeep continues going down hill they are able to see the barracks below, as John looks to the front of the barracks he notices First Sergeant Sand pacing in the front. John turns his attention to the driver.

JOHN
Sergeant do you think we can head

in this direction (pointing left)? Because it will save us time as my barracks are clear across on this other side.

John is holding on to the front dashboard, as the Hummer goes down a very steep hill. John is directing the Sergeant where to stop, they arrive to the end of the barracks and the Hummer comes to a stop at the end of the barracks.

JOHN
Sergeant, I will be right back.

SERGEANT
I will be here waiting.

INT. BARRACKS DAY

JOHN (V.O.)
As John opens the rear barrack door

his heart is beating out of his chest, knowing that First Sergeant Sand is now making his way into the barracks from the front. John is running full speed ahead and as he is coming up to his wall locker he slides on the floor and jumps up to stop. With keys in hand he unlocks his wall locker, grabs his uniform, shoes and cover, re-locks his wall locker as he hears the last door of the barracks being opened which meant that the First Sergeant was only steps away. He starts to run back to the end of the barracks and as he exits the door, he enters into the Jeep and as the Sergeant starts to drive off John looks to his right and there came out the First Sergeant looking like a bull, wanting at him!

FADE TO:

FADE TO:

EXT. KADENA AIRPORT IN OKINAWA, JAPAN DAY

The Sergeant is pulling up to (J.A.L.) Japanese Airlines terminal. He is instructing John where he needs to go check in for his flight.

JOHN
Sergeant, thank you very much for

your help. I appreciate you very much. Have a great day and please send my regards to the Navy Chaplain.

SERGEANT
Will do Marine, have a safe trip.

INT. J.A.L. TERMINAL DEPARTURE TICKET COUNTER DAY

FADE TO:

John checks in for his flight. He is given the information as to what time his plane leaves and the gate number. His flight was not leaving for another hour and 45 minutes.His heart begins to race to find a phone booth to call his wife.

INT. PHONE BOOTH DAY
John is calling home and his wife answers.

JOHN
Hi honey, how are you?

BECKY
(Sobbing uncontrollably.)

Why have you taken so long to call me? I have called and left messages for you over a dozen times, days ago. Why have you not called me back?

JOHN
Honey, 
it’s a long story. I am

headed back home today, I want to give you all the flight arrival information. I won’t get into it
on the phone but I just want you to know that I am sorry about the loss of your father. I also loved him very much. I love you and I will see you when I land. Give the baby a kiss for me.

60.

FADE TO:

(CONTINUED)

CONTINUED:

61.

BECKY
I will be waiting. Love you too.

INT. PLANE DAY

FADE TO:

John is boarding the plane and is shown to his seat by a stewardess. She explains to him that he is flying First Class. Every ten to fifteen minutes the stewardesses would ask John, "What can I get for you? How do you like the movie?"

FADE TO:

INT. L.A.X. AIRPORT DAY

John is getting off the plane at L.A.X. Airport in Los Angeles, CA and his family is there to pick him up. As John exits the plane and starts to look around for his wife everything goes into slow motion. The more he proceeds forward he can not find his wife and once they both make eye contact she comes running at him, she jumps onto him, he grabs her and picks her up. They both embrace and cry together.

INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT DAY
John is sitting on the couch watching TV.

JOHN (V.O.)
We buried my father-in-law the

morning after my return and it was a very sad and emotional day for the whole family. The seven days that I had been grated had completely flown by. Tomorrow is the eighth day.

Becky walks in, she sits next to John and starts to cry.

JOHN
Why are you crying honey?

BECKY
The reason why 
I’m crying is

because I am so devastated by the loss of my father and you have to leave tomorrow. Next week is Christmas and you won’t be here!

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JOHN (V.O.)
At that moment, I remembered once

again Private Mikeen and the advice he had given me, "If you are ever away from your company, attach yourself to the nearest Marine Corps. wing, fall out in their formation, as then you will be present and accounted for and not U.A. Do this until you reunite yourself with your company!

JOHN
Stop crying honey. I will see what

I can do to be able to stay a little longer in the morning.

John is leaving his apartment in Pasadena, CA at 4:00 A.M. and he is driving to the Pico Rivera Marine Corps wing. John did not know what time they held morning formation therefore he arrived at 5:00 A.M. The doors did not open until 8:00 A.M. Once the doors opened he was one of the first Marines to walk in.

INT. PICO RIVERA MARINE CORPS. DAY

John walks into the Pico Rivera Marine Corps. up to a CORPORAL on the eighth day.

JOHN
Hi Corporal! My name is Private

John Gonzalez.I am with 2nd Battalion 7th Marines. My company is presently overseas in Okinawa, Japan. I am here on special orders due to a relative having died and it is not feasible for me to leave my family at this time. I needed to know if I can attach myself to your Marine Corps wing and fall out in your formation and report to duty also until I have been able to stabilize my hardship situation with my family.

CORPORAL
By all means Marine we are here to

help you. Welcome aboard. We will help facilitate you being present and accounted for and you can also join us. Our work duties consists

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CORPORAL (cont’d)
of light work from 8:00 A.M. to

12:00 P.M. Your days of work are Monday through Friday. Whatever you want we are here to help you.

JOHN Thank you Corporal!

INT. PICO RIVERA MARINE CORPS. WING DAY

FADE TO:

John is cleaning rifles, moping the decks, and cleaning rest room areas. John finishes at 12 noon and heads out.

FADE TO:

EXT. PICO RIVERA MARINE CORPS. WING PARKING LOT DAY

John is getting into his car and starts to drive out of the parking lot looking for a phone booth. He finds a phone booth, pulls out his calling card and calls overseas to report to his company. John makes the call and the person that answers the phone is Company First Sergeant Sand. John informs him in a very quick speaking manner that he has to spend more time with his family. As the First Sergeant is trying to ask him where is this place where he is reporting to, John ignores his question and goes on to say that he will be calling back when all has stabilized with his family and to give his new return date. At that moment the First Sergeant starts yelling into the phone demanding for John to answer his question as John hangs up on him.

JOHN (VOICE OVER)
If I would not have hung the phone up on First Sergeant Sand he would

have found out where I was attached. He then would have immediately called and directed them to no longer assist me because he wanted me to return back immediately. I knew my family still needed my support so they needed to come first.

FADE TO:

EXT. FREEWAY DAY
John leaves the phone booth and drives home to his wife.

FADE TO:

INT. JOHN’S HOME DAY

John is walking into his apartment and notices all of his luggage already packed by the front door. Right after that his wife enters the room.

JOHN
Hi honey, 
I’m home!

BECKY
I wanted to make things easy for

you so I washed and packed all your things.

JOHN
Thank you very much. Can you now

help me unpack?

BECKY What do you mean?

JOHN
I have extended my leave orders

because I know that you still need my support and Christmas is in a few days!

Becky runs toward John, jumps up at him as he catches her in

the air.

She hugs and kisses him saying...

BECKY
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

JOHN
What do you want do do for

Christmas?

BECKY
Let’s sit down and plan it.

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FADE TO:

INT. RELATIVE’S HOUSE NIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE

Everyone is eating, enjoying the music, exchanging stories, and later into the evening they open presents.

JOHN (V.O.)
We had a very beautiful Christmas

with all the family. I was so happy that I was able to put my family first and extend this very needed time together as we had just lost a very close loved one. The love of our family is what made this Christmas special.

INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT DAY

FADE TO:

It is the day after Christmas, John wakes up and sees his wife, Becky on the chair crying. He walks over to her.

JOHN
Why are you crying honey?

BECKY

Because you’re leaving today and next week is New Year’s.

JOHN
Well, there may be something I can

do about it?

BECKY What?

JOHN
I will then extend my leave time

even further for you. What do you want to do for New Year’s Honey?

BECKY
Aren’t you leaving today?

JOHN Not anymore!

John, Becky and the family ended up celebrating New Year’s Eve together. They all watched the firework show at midnight, it was awesome.

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JOHN (V.O.)
We were together through all the

celebrations. It was such an emotional time period in our lives. We were so overjoyed and thankful to the Lord that we had been so blessed!

INT. JOHN’S BEDROOM DAY
The following morning, John and Becky wake up.

JOHN
Good morning my love. How are you

feeling this morning?

BECKY
I feel very good.

JOHN
I have a question for you.

BECKY
Sure honey, what is it?

JOHN
Are there any other holidays or

celebrations coming up soon?

BECKY
No Honey, none that I can think of.

Why?

JOHN
Because my battalion is coming back

in three weeks so I think I should go back to work.

BECKY I agree.

INT. JOHN’S APARTMENT DAY

FADE TO:

John is at his apartment loading his belongings into the car. His wife and his daughter drive him to the airport and as he walks in, he checks in with the airline as he had an open return flight back to Okinawa, Japan. He excuses himself from his wife for a moment and walks over to the phone booth. He calls his company overseas advising them

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that he is at the airport getting ready to go back to Okinawa, Japan. John walks back to his wife. They all walk together to the departure gate and say good bye.

INT. PLANE DAY

JOHN (V.O.)
I was flying back overseas to

Okinawa, Japan with notification sent to my company officer that I was headed back. I felt like there was a firing squad waiting for me once I got back. I really wasn’t worried about it as I was bringing all my documentation with me showing where I was reporting to and I would not be considered U.A. but I knew there was going to be some music that I would have to listen to coming from the Company First Sergeant Sand and no matter how the tune went all that mattered was that I was able to be there for my family!

INT. COMPANY OFFICE DAY

FADE TO:

John is getting out of a taxi, being dropped off at the company office with all his belongings. As John walks into the company office he checks in and the person checking him in calls First Sergeant sand. As First Sergeant Sand walks in he calls John into his office, places him at attention.

FIRST SERGEANT SAND What do you have to say for

yourself Private Gonzalez?

JOHN
Sergeant, things were very

difficult for my wife with her father passing away and I was forced to extend my leave orders.
I have brought you all the information showing I was present and accounted for every day passed my extension up to returning back today. I have the contact 
person’s information, along with the phone number to the Marine Corps. wing that I was reporting to.

FADE TO:

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FIRST SERGEANT SAND You know what, I’m going to give

you E.M.I. (Extra Military Instruction) pending my investigation on all of this paperwork that you are turning into me! When my Marines take liberty each evening you will continue to work.Cleaning toilets, sinks, and mopping decks. That will continue until my investigation is finished and hopefully for your sake everything will check out. If not, you will end up in the brig (jail) for an indefinite time!

INT. RESTROOMS NIGHT

FADE TO:

John is holding a mop, mopping the decks (floors), cleaning sinks, and toilets.

JOHN (V.O.)
I can honestly say that the amount

of time I spent back at home with my family and all the support and love I was able to give them was all worth my effort. I knew all it would take was one phone call for First Sergeant Sand to find out that all the information I had given him was true and correct. However, he took one week and I continued on E.M.I. duty to call me up to the company office and inform me that everything I had told him had checked out. He then released me from E.M.I. duty and I was able to enjoy the last two weeks in Okinawa, Japan on liberty after my work day.

EXT. SAN DIEGO MARINE CORPS. BASE DAY

FADE TO:

John’s battalion has returned back to the United States from Okinawa, Japan.

JOHN (V.O.)
I finished up the last of the work in Okinawa, Japan with my

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company and returned with them to Camp Pendleton, San Diego. On returning back to work I noticed that most of the higher officials were taking turns watching what I was eating. My Platoon Commander approached me, telling me that I was not looking good in uniform and that I needed to lose weight immediately. He instructed me to not be eating any junk food as he was making this an order. There were several times I would be coming out of the on base military stores with doughnuts, potato chips, burritos, etc. and I would be approached by either the Platoon Commander or another higher ranking enlisted official.They would ask me, "What is in the bag?" I would say, "Candy bar, potato chips, and doughnuts." They would then confiscate my bag and take it up to the company office and report me to company officials. This was a major conspiracy taking place against me by "THE SYSTEM" as they had already realized how many times I had taken on "THE SYSTEM" and they were nit-picking to find a reason to discharge me with an other than honorable discharge.

They were expecting me to all of a sudden lose 80 lbs. when during my enlistment I carried those extra 80 lbs. the whole time and they didn’t care how I looked in uniform. Little by little it became worse and worse. Officials were actually walking into my room, searching my wall locker, finding extra food I had in there and at the end they got what they were looking for! I was summoned up to the company office and I was informed that

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I had not been following directions on losing the weight and they were stating that I was being disobedient by continuing to eat certain foods that they had instructed me not to eat. They were calling it disobedience and misconduct on my behalf. Shortly after that I was informed that I was being discharged from the U.S.M.C. with an other than honorable discharge under misconduct condition. It was obvious that THE SYSTEM had to create a reason to do what they were doing to me. Why now were they singling me out when I had carried the same weight around during most of my military career? I knew this was their way of getting back at me for all the times I had put my family first before them. I had no regrets about having put my family first, I would not have had it any other way! I had lost my respect for the Marine Corps. early on by what that recruiter had done in the very beginning and I knew I had my father proud of me by becoming a Marine. I informed my father what the Marine Corps. was doing to me and he assured me that he and my family were waiting for me with open arms. My father was offering me and my family a bigger and brighter future than the Marine Corps. could ever offer me.

SUPERIMPOSE: TWO YEARS LATER- JOHN IS OUT OF

THE MILITARY. FADE IN:

INT. JOHN’S HOME 8:30 P.M.

John and his family are sitting in the living room watching T.V.

JOHN (V.O.)
Since I was a little boy I remember

every time I saw our U.S. Marines in person or on television I became very happy and excited. I was always taught by my father that they were one of the branches who protected our country and they had received the name, The President’s Men, as they were the first ones to go into battle to defend our country.

John stands up from the couch.

JOHN
Who wants ice cream!?

We do!!

JOHN’S FAMILY

JOHN
Last one to the car is a rotten

egg!
They all run out of the front door.

EXT. JOHN’S HOME

FADE TO:

The car is in the driveway and John beats the kids to the car and his wife is the last one out of the house and she is locking the front door.

JOHN
Mom’s the rotten egg.

John gets the keys out of his pocket and unlocks the car doors and they all get in.

John backs out of the driveway and drives.

JOHN (V.O.)
My father was a big patriot of the

U.S. as he even named me after President John Fitzgerald Kennedy when I was born. I lived with all

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JOHN (V.O.) (cont’d) this love and admiration for the

Marine Corps. as I was growing up. I had a lot of respect for them.

John pulls up to an ice cream store and they all get out and go inside.

JOHN
O.K. everyone just tell the nice

lady what flavors you want.

JOHN (V.O.)
One thing I really never understood

was why do countries have to go to war with each other and innocent people end up dying for no reason.

Lady worker handing ice cream cones over the counter.

JOHN (V.O.)
My father would tell me that sadly

many countries including the United States are going to war for financial gain, not caring about the innocent soldiers that are being led like sheep to the slaughter!

They all pile in the car with their ice cream cones in their hands eating them as they drive off on their way home.

FADE TO:

EXT. JOHN’S HOME NIGHT

John is pulling up into his driveway and they all get out of the car, John pulls out his keys to unlock the house door.

JOHN
O.K. you kids you know 
it’s late so

go brush up and get into your pajamas and get into bed, I will be in to tuck you in shortly.

INT. JOHN’S HOME

The kids run to their rooms and John and his wife have a seat in the living room. John grabs the remote and turns on the television flipping through channels.

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JOHN (V.O.)
I want to say that the only reason

why I attempted to join the military was because I wanted to make my father proud of me. The turn of events that led up to my entry into the military are still completely unbelievable and insane to me. The moment the recruiter got me in illegally I lost all the admiration and respect that I had for the Marine Corps. establishment. I stuck it out to continue to make my father proud of me. All the thoughts I had kept throughout the years regarding the Marines being number one in my mind and in my heart were destroyed by me seeing illegal things being done by a military official I thought was honest!

John gets up from the couch and goes into his kid’s room.

JOHN
O.K. children I am going to pray

with you before you go to sleep, sit up.

They sit up.

JOHN
Our Father who art in Heaven...

JOHN (V.O.)
How could someone be allowed to

enter the United States Marine Corps. without taking the mandatory entry exam? That was completely insane and wrong! I understand my father had his involvement in it but the recruiter was the person that needed to make the final decision. I could not figure out where the word "Semper Fi" was coming into play with all of this. Who was the recruiter being faithful to other than himself for accepting a bribe for his financial gain? He was obviously not being faithful to the Marine Corps. establishment and he was obviously not protecting the integrity and

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JOHN (V.O.) (cont’d) great name of our military over

all. He should have had greater ethics and should have followed the laws of the military and not broken them!

JOHN
And bless Mom and Dad, Amen. O.K.

my children, love ya and good night.

John kisses them each on the forehead. John walks into his son’s room.

JOHN
Son it is time to say our prayers.

JOHN (V.O.)
Looking back at my military career

today it is obvious to me that once I seaq how that recruiter got me into the military the way he did I lost all respect for the entire Marine Corps. establishment. It was not only the recruiter’s lies and deceit that impacted me in a very negative way, but there were other military officials that I had came across while in the service that also claimed certain things I was requesting were impossible to become reality. Each and every time I questioned their authority things would end up changing and the impossible became possible! I did not know who I could trust or believe as these were my superiors telling me one thing and something elsewouldenduphappening. It all seemed like a big game to me, no one was serious about what they were saying.

JOHN
And please bless our family Lord

Jesus and help all of us do good in school. Amen.

John kissed his son on the forehead and turns off his light on the way out of his room.

FADE TO: BLACK

SUPERIMPOSE:  1990

MANOLO GONZALEZ USED CAR DEALERSHIP 5:00 P.M.

FADE TO:

Manolo is walking toward the back of his dealership where there is some construction being done to expand his office. As he is walking through the sight he steps on a rusty nail.

MANOLO
Wow, I felt that! I hope 
it’s not

too bad.

Manolo sits down and takes off his shoe and sock and realizes he is bleeding.

MANOLO
I better go find the first aid box.

FADE TO:

INT. MANOLO’S OFFICE
He bandages his foot as best as possible and keeps working. SUPERIMPOSE: FIVE DAYS LATER

INSIDE ROOM AT MANOLO’S DOCTOR’S OFFICE

DOCTOR Hello Manolo.

MANOLO Hello Doctor.

DOCTOR
How are you feeling?

MANOLO
As best as possible.

DOCTOR
Well, you told me over the phone

what happened so let’s take a look. Doctor takes off the bandage Manolo had put on.

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76.

DOCTOR
It does look red and infected you

are going to need antibiotics and rest. You should have came in right after it happened because you are a diabetic and you need emergency care always when something like this happens to you.

MANOLO
I tried to take care of it myself

Doctor, but you are right. Next time I will do it just as you say.

DOCTOR
Here is your prescription, make

sure you rest, no work and I want to see you back in two weeks. Change your bandages twice daily.

MANOLO
O.K. Doctor, thank you.

Two weeks later the medication is not working and Manolo returns to see his doctor.

INSIDE OF DOCTOR’S OFFICE

DOCTOR Hello Manolo.

MANOLO Hello Doctor.

DOCTOR
How does it look? 
Let’s check it

out. Do you feel any pain?

MANOLO Yes I do.

DOCTOR
Well Manolo, the area is still

showing some infection and I want to admit you tomorrow into the hospital. You will only be in for about two weeks and by then you will be back home recuperating.

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MANOLO
O.K. Doctor you know 
what’s best.

SUPERIMPOSE: THE NEXT DAY

INT. MANOLO’S HOME
Manolo is calling his son, John.

MANOLO
Son, I need you to give me a ride

to the hospital.

JOHN
O.K. Dad, I will be right over.

FADE TO:

EXT. PARKING LOT OF HOSPITAL.
John is dropping off his father, Manolo at the hospital.

JOHN (V.O.)
My father knew I needed to go back

to work and it killed me to have to leave him there alone. However, I would return to the hospital after work to be by his side. I was remembering how I had stayed in the Marine Corps. to make him proud of me. I knew he was proud of all of my achievements. He was happy that I had changed from my radical and insane days and that I was still alive.

INSIDE MANOLO’S HOSPITAL ROOM 7:00 P.M. John walks in Manolo’s hospital room.

JOHN Hello Papi.

MANOLO

FADE TO:

Hi.
How are you feeling?

JOHN

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MANOLO Much better.

JOHN
Soon 
you’ll be home playing with

your grandchildren.

MANOLO
Yes, I miss them. How was your day

son?

JOHN
Very busy and I got a lot done.

MANOLO
I feel a little sleepy, I am going

to close my eyes for a little bit.

JOHN
Of course Papi, you do that and I

will be here when you wake up. Manolo falls asleep.

JOHN (V.O.)
I was also very tired so I closed

my eyes and I fell asleep quickly. I had a dream which was really a nightmare for me that I had experienced as a child all my life. In my dream I was about five years old and I found myself standing outside of a building watching people cry as they entered the building. I would go inside the building as they were all in line moving forward toward the front of this room. Once they came in front of a picture that had been placed there they would stop momentarily and cry. Then they would go to the other side of the room and sit down. As a child growing up I did not know the meaning of this dream but it hurt me and left me feeling very sad. I must have had a ten minute nap when I woke up and saw my father still asleep.

SUPERIMPOSE: SEVEN DAYS LATER

INT. OF MANOLO’S ROOM AT THE HOSPITAL 7:00 P.M.

JOHN (V.O.)
On entering my 
dad’s room I see a

sign that had been taped above his headboard that read, "Talk to me, I can hear you." My father’s eyes were wide open, dilated looking straight up towards the ceiling with no movement of his body. He just laid there. I tried to communicate with him and there was no response! I ran to the nurses station asking to speak to my father’s doctor.

DOCTOR
I am sorry to inform you John but

your dad has several things working against him at this moment. His kidneys have shut down and we need consent to start giving him dialysis. Also, the infection has become stronger and it is not going away with the antibiotics. Due to your father being diabetic he has fallen into a diabetic coma and that is why he does not respond.

JOHN
What does this all mean Doctor?

You told my father that he would be home in two weeks and look at him now!

DOCTOR
I understand what you are saying

John and yes it would have been my hopes that your father would have been home in two weeks. We can never for sure any patient that all will go as planned especially for a diabetic patient. We will do everything possible to turn his condition around with what we have to work with. My nurse has the consent papers ready for your authorization to start dialysis on your father.

JOHN
First, I have to call my brother

and sister so I can inform them of what is happening to our father.

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DOCTOR
O.K. John, we will be in touch.

JOHN Thank you Doctor.

EXT. PARKING LOT AREA OF HOSPITAL.

FADE TO:

While sobbing, John calls his siblings and describes their father’s condition and informs them of the consent papers that need to be signed.

FADE TO:

DOCTOR’S NURSES STATION SAME EVENING 8:30 P.M.

John and his siblings sign the consent form for dialysis for Manolo.

SUPERIMPOSE: NEXT DAY 12:00 P.M.

Manolo starts to receive his first dialysis. He does fine for three hours as the last hour of dialysis has started he has a cardiac arrest and medical staff are able to resuscitate him. Sadly, he was brought back brain dead. A SECURITY OFFICER was called and they were not allowing anyone back into the room where Manolo is.

JOHN
I need to see what is going on with

my father, Manolo.

SECURITY OFFICER
I am sorry sir but I 
can’t let you

go in.

JOHN
Thanks for the warning, but I am

going in!

John grabs for the door and opens it as the security officer can’t stop him. He walks into the room and sees medical staff working on his father.

FADE TO:

INT. EMERGENCY ROOM WAITING AREA

They all have a seat in the waiting room and the doctor walks out. They all stand up as he starts to talk to them.

JOHN (V.O.)
Doctor continued to talk with me,

my brother and sister.

DOCTOR
What kind of quality of life do you

think your father is living at this moment?

JOHN (V.O.)
The doctors did not want to

understand that our father had always taught us never to say never. He always told us that we should put our trust in God and let His will be done in our lives.

That is exactly what we were going to do for our father.

JOHN
You must do everything possible to

assist our father and we will wait on God to make the final decision.

The doctor walks away.
John and his siblings sit back down. FADE IN:
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM
John is sitting by his 
dad’s bedside.

JOHN (V.O.)
Thinking back on my life spent with

my father like in all families you have good times and bad ones also. I was thankful to God I had forgiven my father years back for all the awful moments of torture while he was raising me. I had a pretty brutal upbringing and survived it. We were able to enjoy many years together as a loving united family!We all had a bond that could not be broken by anything! My dad loved to spend

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JOHN (V.O.) (cont’d) time with his grandchildren, they meant the world to him. I prayed

and hoped my dad could pull through all of this even though it did not look good at all. I remembered every time I seen him and I would say hi or bye. I always told him, "I love you Dad" and I would give him a kiss on his head. He would respond, "me too" and that meant the world to me!My father had taught me to never say never and to never give up no matter how bad things may have looked. My father had a way of always finding solutions to problems. I knew things were not looking well for him in this hospital and all the odds looked like they were against him. However, I knew if somebody could beat the odds it would be him. He fought for five months in a coma and then he died. His loss was an irreplaceable one to the whole family and the pain was unbearable to all of us. Little

did I know that soon I would be back reliving my childhood nightmare. Sadly, this time it would not be a dream but reality!

INT. MANOLO’S HOME

FADE TO:

John and his siblings are planning their father’s wake and funeral. They remembered how Manolo always told them he wanted to be cremated and his wishes were respected. John’s siblings picked out a picture of Manolo and had it enlarged.

FADE TO:

INT. FUNERAL HOME

The day of Manolo’s wake, his picture was placed on a stand in the front of the room and the urn that held his ashes was next to the picture.

FADE TO:

EXT. FUNERAL HOME

JOHN (V.O.)
The day of my 
father’s wake I found

myself outside greeting relatives that were showing up to pay their respects. All of a sudden everything went into slow motion and I found myself walking up and down the line of people waiting to go into the funeral home.Many of them were crying as I had seen them in my childhood dreams. I walked into the funeral home and positioned myself at the back of the room where people could not see me. As the line of people continued to pass by me making their way towards the front it all seemed so unreal. When they got to the front of the room, they would turn to walk towards my father’s picture and they would stop and cry. Afterwards they would sit down. At that moment, I realized I was reliving my childhood nightmare which was my father’s wake.Now

that I had finally made the connection I was hoping I could close my eyes, wake up and all of this would be a dream. I could not believe my dad was gone, we all needed him so much, but we knew all of this was God’s will and we needed to respect God’s decision. We prayed to God for strength and wisdom to be able to carry on without our beloved father.

INT. HOUSE- JOHN’S ROOM

FADE TO:

John walks up to a picture he has of his dad on his dresser and he picks it up.

JOHN (V.O.)
I love you dad, thank you for

everything. I miss you so much, I wish you were here.

John kisses the picture and puts it on his chest.

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84.

JOHN (V.O.)
My trust is in God and not in any

man or woman. Men and women will let you down and mislead you almost always. God will not ever let you down or mislead you!

John puts his father’s picture back on his dresser giving

God thanks for having had him as his father. tears flow from his eyes.

JOHN (V.O.)
Even though my father may not be

here physically, he will always be with me spiritually. He helped me get into the military as and that is why today I have this story to tell. My story will motivate others to be the very best they can be for their own families each and every time possible. God loves us all and he wants the best for each and everyone of us! I hope my story of struggles and achievements for the love of my family will motivate others to be the very best they can be for their own families each and every time possible. Seek God in all you do because through Him all things are possible! My father is the one who gave me the opportunity, but God is the one who gave me the strength and all the protection from all of those who wanted to hurt and kill me at times! God made the way for me to achieve what I did for the love of my family each and every time. I give God all the praises and glory for all of His help. May God bless each and every one of you and may God bless the United States of America.

Truly Yours, John F. Gonzalez

 

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