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Afghanistan: My Last Tour
S.M. Sgt. Rex Temple is stationed in Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border. He blogs on his experiences working with the Afghan National Army. In his musings, Temple often refers to history — Bagram's ancient past, the invention of the AK-47, Afghanistan in the 1970s.
During his deployment in Iraq, this former Marine blogged extensively about his experiences and thoughts. He now writes frequently about veteran's issues.
Trash on COBs and FOBs (Contingency Operations Bases and Forward Operating Bases) in Iraq and Afghanistan is regularly incinerated in an area called the "burn pit." Despite the undetermined health risks associated with burning refuse, on cold mornings, soldiers gather around the burn pit to get warm and talk. The American Legion's Burn Pit
community site is meant to inspire a similar activity online. Interested parties can email in tidbits of interest to veteran and active duty soldiers, and they are posted on the site.
Embedded in Afghanistan
In this thoughtful blog, a Marine comments on the war in Afghanistan and writes about his experiences as an Embedded Tactical Trainer with the Afghan National Army in Kunar Province.
At the New York Times
site, men and women who have served in the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam share their perspectives on war and on their adjustment to civilian life after serving.
Jessica Scott's Blog
Regarding War Blogger Jessica Scott
has been blogging about her experiences as a woman, a mother, a wife and a female soldier since September, 2008. While she was deployed to Iraq
, she continued writing, giving her readers a glimpse of the complicated realities of being a woman in the military.
A former Green Beret, Yon has been covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since December 2004. His work has appeared in "Good Morning America," CNN, Fox News and many other media outlets. He is currently writing and posting photographs from Kandahar, Afghanistan.
This comprehensive index of military blogs includes over 2,500 blogs with the option to search by branch or view the top 100 most popular.
Another index that offers a rundown of military blogs, recent posts and quotable lines.
Blogger Rebekah Sanderlin is a journalist, mom and the wife of a soldier who blogs about what deployment means for those left at home in this blog published in the Fayetteville Observer.
Some Soldier's Mom
When Carla Lois's youngest son, Noah, deployed to Iraq in January 2005, she began this blog to write about what it was like to have a child at war. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, her blog was voted the "Military Blog of the Year — Military Parent." Carla participated in the first Regarding War
conversation about Coming Home
. She focused on PTSD issues.
This blog's purpose is to tell the stories of soldiers who "do their duty — largely without media attention or fanfare." Tom Sileo, a former CNN.com copyeditor, writes about soldiers who has sacrificed their lives for their country and news from the front.
A World Away: Wisconsin Men and Women Serving in Iraq and Afghanistan
Military personnel from Wisconsin, including those from the Wisconsin National Guard, write about their struggles and day-to-day lives while deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The blog covers "detainee ops" — the detention camps where many of Wisconsin's military personnel work.
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