By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Lubbock teen will be on the big screen Tuesday for the movie debut Sons of the Fallen, a tribute to those service men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the war and how families cope with their loss.
Seventeen-year-old Joey Robbins lost his father, Daniel Galvan, in Afghanistan back in August of 2004.
"This is tough, especially at the age that he was at when it happened, you know he was going into almost teenage years and so he's very impressionable. It was bad," said Joey's mother Sonya Galvan.
Two years ago Joey started going to Knights of Heroes, a camp based in Colorado dedicated to helping sons who have lost their fathers in war. Joey now goes back to mentor the boys who attend the camp.
"I went through a phase a few years ago and right before this camp started I was doing bad stuff that I shouldn't be doing, and going to this helped me realize I don't need to be like this. There are people that look up to me like these little kids, and I need to set an example," said Joey.
With the absence of their fathers, the camp helps the boys become men as their taught leadership, respect, and core family values.
"Personally I just like to get out there and help these kids, but the whole thing is to just take them out and help them do things they couldn't do with their dad growing up because they're not there anymore," said Joey.
This past summer, the executive producer of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and guest celebrity mentors decided their stories needed to be heard and followed the 25 boys at the camp to document their journeys as they learn to cope with out their fathers.
"The purpose of this movie is to get the message across that these boys don't have their fathers. I mean that's basically what it boils down to, and there are men that have stepped up to the plate to give them the guidance they need and hopefully this will open up people's hearts," said Sonya.
The two hour movie Sons of the Fallen will debut Tuesday night at 7p.m. at the Cinemark Movies 16. Click here to watch the movie trailer.
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