POV Regarding War

Why This Site?

Why This Site?

Regarding War is a place for citizens and soldiers to share stories about past and current conflicts, and to discuss the realities of war, both on the home front and the battlefield. In the Conversations section of the site, veterans, their families and other experts will blog on topics — such as Coming Home: Veterans Readjusting to Civilian Life — that will change on a bimonthly basis. The Stories section features first-person accounts of the effects of war. Website visitors are also encouraged to submit their own stories, photos and videos. Finally, POV will be streaming a number of related films in their entirety online in the Watch Video section of Regarding War.

Regarding War is an extension of a previous POV website entitled Re: Vietnam | Stories Since the War, which was conceived as a companion site for the Academy Award-winning POV film, Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision. The site was an early example of the Internet's potential for community-building and open exchange. Re: Vietnam was named one of the "best sites" of 1996 by USA Today and lauded by the press for "opening dialogue online about the Vietnam War between disparate communities." Over a decade later, POV is refreshing Re: Vietnam and expanding its coverage to include all war.

What was the impact of the Re: Vietnam site? Journalist Sam Meddis, who wrote about the site in 1996, looks back and re-evaluates it more than a decade later.

To contact us with questions or comments, email regardingwar [at] pov.org.


The Regarding War Advisory Board

POV is very appreciative of the participation of our board members, who provide us with excellent feedback, advice and creative ideas as we continue to develop content for Regarding War. We thank them for their insight and support, and we urge you to find out more about their organizations.

colleen corliss Colleen Corliss, Communications Manager at Swords to Plowshares

In her role as the communications manager at Swords to Plowshares, Colleen Corliss oversees media relations, marketing and social media outreach. Since she joined the organization in November 2008, Swords to Plowshares has had a more prominent presence in the media and more opportunities to inform the public about the obstacles many veterans face. Prior to joining Swords, Colleen worked for the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence in Washington, D.C. She has also worked for several nonprofit organizations, including the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund where she assisted in fundraising, event planning and media relations. Colleen earned a bachelor's degree in public communication and women and gender studies, and a master's degree in public communication from American University in Washington, D.C.

Colleen moved from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco with her partner, Tim Murakami, in 2008. She is originally from Cape Cod, Mass. where she spent much of her free time enjoying the ocean and beautiful surroundings.

About Swords to Plowshares
Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance to homeless and low-income veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. The organization promotes and protects the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state and national entities, and it is the only veterans service agency in the United States that provides a full continuum of care to low-income and
homeless veterans.

Em Hall
Em Hall, Web Communications Manager at USO

As the Web communications manager for the USO, Em Hall creates and monitors all content for the USO's website and oversees all social media for the organization. Em has a background in marketing, with a special focus on blogging for nonprofits.

About the USO
The USO is a nonprofit organization that supports U.S. troops and their families by delivering programs, services, and celebrity entertainment around the world at our 145 USO Centers and beyond. By supporting the USO, Americans show their appreciation and express their gratitude to the men and women who defend us.

Jacob Piercy Jacob Piercy, Web Manager at The American Legion

Jacob has been with The American Legion for just over a year. He was vital in the redevelopment, reorganization and redesign of Legion.org which launched in November. Prior to that, Jacob spent more than five years as a graphic journalist and multimedia editor for The St. Louis Post Dispatch and four years as a graphic journalist for The Charlotte Observer and Charlotte.com. He is presently completing an MBA at Webster University.

About the American Legion
The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans service organization. Legionnaires are committed to mentoring and sponsoring youth programs in communities, advocating patriotism, promoting national security and continuing their devotion to fellow servicemembers. Legionnaires' sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

Advisory Board headshots: Katie VanLangen

Katie VanLangen, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Katie oversees all of the organization's relationships with external partners, with a special focus on IAVA's veteran outreach campaign with the Ad Council. Prior to joining IAVA, Katie managed marketing for teacher recruitment at the NYC Department of Education and directed the development and production of various PSA campaigns at the Ad Council. She graduated from New York University with a Masters in public administration and a BS in marketing, management and journalism.

About Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the country's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has more than 180,000 veteran members and civilian supporters nationwide.


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the Regarding War bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of POV or PBS or any employee thereof. POV is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the bloggers.

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