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Bill Moyers Journal: Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace
For nearly 15 years Maxine Hong Kingston has led writing and meditation workshops for veterans and their families. The contributors to Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace — combat veterans, medics and others who served in war; gang members, drug users and victims of domestic violence; draft resisters, deserters and peace activists — are part of a community of writers working together to heal the trauma of war through art. (May 25, 2007)
Bill Moyers Journal: Resources for Veterans
Many questions have been raised about the treatment of veterans, and in 2007 hearings were held with regard to mistreatment of returning veterans at Walter Reed Hospital. Sexual trauma among veterans is also an issue. (May 30, 2008)
Reserved To Fight
Follow four Marines of Fox Company for four years through their postwar minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life. The soldiers' return to their communities proves as formidable a battle as the more literal firefights of previous months. Living among loved ones who don't yet understand them and how they have changed, contending with a media focused on the politics rather than the human experience of war and suffering from a psychological disorder that is difficult to acknowledge, these young veterans grapple to find purpose and healing.
PBS Parents: Coming Home: Military Families Cope With Change
This primetime special, presented by the Sesame Street Workshop and featuring Queen Latifah and John Mayer, tells the stories of service members returning home with injuries — both visible and invisible — and explores the heroic struggles their families face on the path to finding a "new normal."
Wisconsin Vietnam War Stories
Wisconsin Public Television's (WPT) new documentary featuring the stories of that state's Vietnam veterans airs on WPT in May. In the meantime, the producers have posted a wonderful website that includes several audio slideshows, interactive maps illustrating battles and encampments over the course of 8 years and transcripts of interviews with Veterans about what it was like to come back to Wisconsin after the war.
All Things Considered: Families Send Basics to Marines in Afghanistan
For Marines serving in Afghanistan, mail call can be a little bit like Christmas in July. A package from home can supply everything from basic needs to small luxuries. (July 21, 2009)
All Things Considered: Military Families Learn to Live With "New Normal"
Commentator Rebekah Sanderlin, who writes the blog Operation Marriage for the Fayetteville Observer, says that for military families, wartime is "the new normal." Sanderlin's husband has completed three tours in Afghanistan. She has seen the impact on her two small children and shares her observations. (March 21, 2009)
Officer Suggests Ways to Support the Troops
For two months, Captain Nate Rawlings took questions while stationed in Iraq, and he received numerous queries about how people might show their support for the troops. In this column, he answers those questions and explains how he and his soldiers approach the topic of politics. (July 31, 2008)
Day to Day: Blue Star Mothers, Offering Support
Penny Fourth, whose son Aaron is serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq, describes the efforts of the Blue Star Mothers, a support group for families of active-duty servicemen and servicewomen. The group is now in its seventh decade. (May 30, 2005)
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