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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 02:05 PM

More than half of the 14,000 active service members from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have been deployed to Iraq in the last ten years. Due to President Obama declaring the end of the Iraqi war, some of those service men and women will return home around the new year. WNYC is collecting stories about their experiences during the war and expectations for the months ahead, as well as from their loved ones.

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Peter Macdonald from Ridgewood, NJ

"What It Is Like To Go To War" pub 2011 by Karl Marlantes.

I think that everyone in the country should read this very thoughtful book. Why? Please read the quote from the preface. and the quote from the Atlantic Monthly 2011

A quote the preface:

"I wrote this book primarily to come to terms with my own experience of combat. So far-- reading, writing, thinking -- that has taken forty years. I could have kept my thoughts in a personal journal, but I took on trying to get these reflections published so that I could share them with other combat veterans. Perhaps, in some way, I can help them with with their own quest for meaning and their efforts to integrate their combat experiences into their current lives.

I also want to share my thoughts and experiences with young people who are contemplating joining the military or who are about to enter combat themselves, sort of like providing them wih a psychological and spiritual combat prophylatic, for indeed combat is like unsafe sex in that it's a major thrill with possible horrible consequences.

Finally, this nation is now engaged in three wars simultaneously, two with both air and ground forces and one from the air only. I am quite certain these are not the last. All conscientious citizens and especially those with the power to make policy will be better prepared to make decisions about committing young peope to combat if they know what they are about to ask of them....

Atlantic Monthly 2011: "It is an articulate and complex search for closure by one veteran for himself and others. This book transcends time, space, societies, literatures and sciences. The veteran reader knows for a certainty that this piece speaks to and for him with the empathic voice of one who shares his experiences, concerns and unsettled issues. All that I would change is the title. I would call it How to Protect the Heart and Soul of a Warrior."

Dec. 09 2011 05:33 PM
roselle luciano

I an Women's Issues Chair of my Women's Group. Would like to welcome an articulate woman veteran to speak at a
meeting in Manhasset, L.I., New York. Should be willing to participate in a question-answer session after her talk. Would welcome sincere speaker with interest in women's issues and rights plus
first-hand experience and opinions re her
experience serving her country. She will be warmly welcomed. Contact me at
rpatl@optonline.net. Thank you.
Roselle Pat Luciano, Sea Cliff, New York

Dec. 06 2011 06:40 PM

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