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How Watching 'Gilmore Girls' Helped These Marines Escape The Reality Of War | The Huffington Post EDITION US عربي (Arabi) Australia Brasil Canada Deutschland España France Ελλάδα (Greece) India Italia 日本 (Japan) 한국 (Korea) Maghreb México Québec (En Francais) South Africa United Kingdom United States NEWS WorldPost Highline Science Education Weird News Business TestKitchen Tech College Media POLITICS Pollster Election Results Eat the Press HuffPost Hill Candidate Confessional So That Happened ENTERTAINMENT Sports Comedy Celebrity Books Entertainment TV Arts + Culture WELLNESS Healthy Living Travel Style Taste Home Weddings Divorce Sleep WHAT'S WORKING Impact Green Good News Global Health VOICES Black Voices Latino Voices Women Fifty Religion Queer Voices Parents Teen College VIDEO ALL SECTIONS Arts + Culture Black Voices Books Business Candidate Confessional Celebrity College Comedy Crime Divorce Dolce Vita Eat the Press Education Election Results Entertainment Fifty Good News Green Healthy Living Highline Home Horoscopes HuffPost Data HuffPost Hill Impact Latino Voices Media Outspeak Parents Politics Pollster Queer Voices Religion Science Small Business So That Happened Sports Style Taste Tech Teen TestKitchen Travel TV Weddings Weird News Women WorldPost FEATURED Hawaii OWN Quiet Revolution Talk to Me Don't Stress the Mess Endeavor Fearless Dreamers Generation Now Inspiration Generation Paving the Way The Power Of Humanity Sleep + Wellness What's Working: Purpose + Profit What's Working: Small Businesses ENTERTAINMENT How Watching 'Gilmore Girls' Helped These Marines Escape The Reality Of War "Stars Hollow was the America we all wished we were fighting for." 12/09/2016 05:31 pm ET Cole Delbyck Entertainment Writer, The Huffington Post “ Gilmore Girls ” holds a place in every fan’s heart, but for a group of U.S. Marines, the beloved WB series took on a special importance during wartime.  As shown on a recent “ CBS This Morning ” segment, when Jesse, Luke, Erik and John were stationed together in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2005, they stumbled upon a DVD boxset of the second season of the series and immediately gravitated toward the world of Stars Hollow.  The idyllic Connecticut setting, heartwarming storylines and the focus on friends and family provided a much-needed escape from the horrors of war they experienced outside the military base. “At least for me, Stars Hollow was the America I think we all thought — we all wished we were fighting for,” Erik told CBS. “Gilmore Girls” became a central part of their friendship over the years, prompting the veterans to show their appreciation in an emotional letter to showrunners Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino.  “Part of the attraction is a simple case of contrasts. I live in a strict, macho, sometimes violent world that very often does not make sense,” Luke says in the clip, breaking down while rereading the letter. “In the end, much of the entertainment is escapism. And for me and a few friends over here in Iraq, there’s no place we’d rather escape to. It reminds us of all the best parts of home.” The recent Netflix revival of the series provided the perfect excuse for the unit to reunite years after they returned from war and the opportunity for a surprise phone call from the Palladinos during their binge-watching session.  “I have actually kept the letter in my various desks over the years, always,” Amy admitted. “So it’s been very close to me.” Although Jesse, Luke, Erik and John couldn’t wait to see what was in store for the Gilmore girls in the revival, the real gift, they say, was being able to spend time together again.  “While we are going to watch the ‘Gilmore Girls’ and that’s a huge part of it and we’re very, very excited for this revival, the reality was, we just need to get together,” Erik said. “We need excuses to get together. We need excuses to remember.”    Also on HuffPost The 18 Most Important 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes The 18 Most Important 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes 1 of 18 Season 1, Episode 1: "Pilot" We meet Lorelai, we meet Rory, we get introduced to Stars Hollow. No matter how well you think you know "Gilmore Girls," you can't get away with not re-watching the pilot episode. Share this slide: The WB More: Netflix Veterans Gilmore Girls Marines Suggest a correction Comments Close SUBSCRIBE TO & FOLLOW ENTERTAINMENT HuffPost Entertainment is your one-stop shop for celebrity news, hilarious late-night bits, industry and awards coverage and more — sent right to your inbox six days a week. Learn more Newsletter 1.1 M 130 K 458 K Podcast Add us on Snapchat How Watching 'Gilmore Girls' Helped These Marines Escape The Reality Of War NEW! HIGHLIGHT AND SHARE Highlight text to share via Facebook and Twitter CURATED FOR YOU Generated from related, personalized and trending articles. View your news homepage. CONVERSATIONS Advertise RSS Careers FAQ User Agreement Privacy Comment Policy About Us About Our Ads Contact Us Archive Copyright © 2016 T