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  A different kind of memorial

Documentarian Sebastian Junger proposes a provocative idea for how we might help soldiers come to grips with what he calls “the central tragedy of war.”


  Coming Home: The hardships veterans face when they return from war

Young veterans often have difficulty finding work when they return from war, leading to extreme financial hardship and, in some cases, homelessness.


  American Voices: Mopping up

In our “American Voices” series, Marcos Villatoro profiles a housekeeper whose son is now serving in Afghanistan. He says her job is like her son’s: they both clean up the mess left by others.


  Military families struggle with the war at home

The emotional impact of combat on those serving in the military is well recognized. But what about the military families left behind? We profile three families to see the sacrifices military spouses and children make every day.


  Supporting military families: The Military Child Education Coalition

Need to Know attended a training session for educators on supporting children of National Guard and Reserve service members in Bridgewater, Mass. The session was run by the Military Child Education Coalition, a non-profit organization that supports military children.


A legal blow for company ‘buying’ military pensions

In an update to our investigation last week, a state court has ruled that a company’s contracts “buying” military pensions violated federal law.


Military superbug, quiet civilian epidemic

Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are battling a bacteria that’s resistant to antibiotics. While the military is confronting the problem, it may be a growing concern for civilian hospitals in the U.S.


Ready to eat: Scenes from a military meal

In combat, eating is often the only good thing about a day. The menu might feature lamb curry, goulash, kimchi or Skittles, depending on which country you’re from (guess which serves Skittles!). VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson provides a culinary tour of military rations.


  Paying for war: The cost of caring for America’s wounded vets

Even as the wars wind down in Iraq and Afghanistan the financial cost of taking care of veterans continues to mount and could reach a trillion dollars in coming decades

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