On the Regarding War blog, soldiers, veterans, and journalists will share their stories from Afghanistan, Iraq and other war zones. It will feature personal stories and opinions from those who have first-hand knowledge of past and current conflicts. Those at home directly affected by a family member serving in the military will also contribute. The blog is meant to be a place where ideas are exchanged and experiences are related in an effort to gain a better understanding of the realities and effects of war. Share your thoughts, raise a question, and join the conversation by leaving comments on the posts.
I'm proud of the content we produced over the past six months. It's invaluable to be able to read about the direct experiences of people who have seen war up close, both soldiers and embedded journalists. It's also important to hear from spouses and parents of soldiers, remembering that the military life takes a tremendous toll on loved ones back home. read more »
These two young Marines lived life by "Honor — Courage — Commitment" right to the last second. It's not how they died, but rather how they lived. Let's raise a glass to Yale and Haerter, and to their fellow Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen standing watch for you this Christmas season and Christmas seasons to come. read more »
As careful as The New York Times was about guarding the information protecting one man, I'm surprised it has taken part in the dissemination of stolen state secrets. This will forever change the world, and in my opinion not for the better read more »
As I sit with my soldiers for dinner on Thanksgiving evening, or open up Christmas care packages with them in the December cold, I'll try my best not to sulk around my men for missing my own family back home. Rather, I am resolving now to live in the moment; to find some holiday cheer in the company of the amazing men I live and serve with every day. Spending the holidays with my soldiers will, indeed, be a memorable time for me. read more »
In 1996 POV launched Re: Vietnam | Stories Since the War, featuring personal accounts about Vietnam. Fourteen years later, the creator of and participants of Re: Vietnam reflect on the site's legacy.
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In a war that has lasted 8 years, what is the way forward now? Veteran correspondent Martin Smith travels across Afghanistan and Pakistan to see how the president's new strategy is taking shape.
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From the "forgotten front" of Afghanistan to the toll the war is taking of the families of reserve troops here at home, Bill Moyers Journal reports on the costs of war.
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Wide Angle reports from the frontlines of the staggering refugee crisis that is unfolding in the Middle East as Iraqis flee their war-torn country at the rate of up to 50,000 people per month.
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Filmmaker Barbara Sonneborn makes a pilgrimage to the remote Vietnamese countryside where her husband died and explores the meaning of war and loss on a human level.
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An NPR-ProPublica investigation found that the Purple Heart is routinely denied to soldiers with "mild traumatic brain injuries." The old cliché — If you're not bleeding, it's not serious — still holds, with some military officials claiming that giving the Purple Heart for concussions would lessen its value. Watch this report in the below video to see how concussions and other brain injuries affect U.S. veterans and the struggle they face for recognition of their sacrifice.
Click here to read more about this report and listen to the story on NPR's Morning Edition.read more »
Since the Iraq war began, 17 soldiers from Fort Carson, CO have been charged with or convicted of murder, manslaughter or attempted murder committed at home in the United States, and 36 have committed suicide. In The Wounded Platoon, Frontline investigated a single Fort Carson platoon of infantrymen — the 3rd Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry — and found a group of young men changed by war and battling a range of psychiatric disorders that many blame for their violent and self-destructive behavior. read more »
Over the past five years, a group of senior citizens has made history by greeting over 900,000 American troops at a tiny airport in Bangor, Maine. read more »
I was the middle child of three and the only girl. Our dad had been a "lifer" in the Air Force and had flown B-25 bombers during WWII. My brother, Bobby was 17 months older and Billy was just 14... read more »
I just read a story in my local paper Sunday (1/31/10), The Press-Enterprise (pe.com) about Robert Simonsen. A Veitnam Veteran who has terminal cancer. He is a published author, two books, has a wonderful supportive wife, and has come to... read more »
I came home from Vietnam at the end of October, 1968 - thirteen months from arriving. It was like I was never gone for all those I left behind, the family house - same; the family - pretty much the... read more »
The Iraq conflict has been called "the women's war" in the media, but the women who have been deployed since its beginning have largely been unheard and unseen. We may all have different reasons for wanting to see the faces and hear the stories of women combat veterans. Regardless of one's perspective, these are faces we need to see and stories we need to know. read more »