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. See all blog 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 »
Bold Alligator is a seven-day "virtual exercise" designed to reacquaint high-level Marine and Navy commands with their amphibious doctrine, tactical skill sets and logistical requirements. These skills have atrophied after nine years fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bold Alligator is Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos's opening effort to return the Marine Corps to its expeditionary roots. read more »
Sometimes, it's the noise level and hustle and bustle of the kids that is hard for my husband to get used to. For me, it's often the "this-is-how-we-do-things-now, I-control-all" mode I get into, after handling everything from minor repairs to homework and kid meltdowns, solo. read more »
A deployment changes a couple, both individually and collectively. The service member has spent months living by different rules, following nothing but his assigned mission. The spouse has developed her own methods of coping with her new roles and responsibilities. They both faced challenges that neither one of them could ever empathize with or fully comprehend. When the deployment ends, they aren't the same people they were when they said good-bye months earlier. read more »
In our first conversation, Coming Home: Veterans Readjusting to Civilian Life, our contributors — including veterans, family members of veterans and members of organizations that support veterans — share their own stories, offer insights on the challenges facing returning veterans, and provide tips and resources on the kinds of support that families, friends and communities can offer veterans.
Our second group of writers will be blogging about Women and War. Journalists, experts, female soldiers and veterans share their experiences and discuss issues including women in combat, sexual assault in the military and inadequate benefits for female veterans. What do you think about women in the military? Share your thoughts, raise a question and join the conversation by leaving comments on the posts.