Military Service

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Women in Combat

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Anna Mulrine, staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor, explains the Pentagon's decision to open up combat roles to women in the military.

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Gen. Stanley McChrystal Looks Back

Monday, January 14, 2013

Brian Lehrer talks with Stanley McChrystal, former Commander of US Forces in Afghanistan and author of My Share of the Task: A Memoir.

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30 Issues: Troops and Veterans

Thursday, October 04, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: What's wrong — and right with the current government treatment of active and returned military personnel. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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That's My Issue: Draft Ambivalence

Friday, August 24, 2012

A new draft makes sense to my notions of fairness, smart decision-making and national unity. But I have a hard time getting too passionate about imposing a draft.

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First Lady Seeks More Help for Military Families

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Michelle Obama has been everywhere from a West Point mess hall to a NASCAR speedway in the past year to drum up support for military families through her "joining forces" campaign. On Wednesday, she marked the program's one-year anniversary by taking stock of what's been done and challenging Americans to do even more.


The Takeaway

Afghan Shooting Spree Raises Questions About Stresses of War

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Many details about the 38-year-old American solider who allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree are still unknown. However, the picture that is emerging is one of a career soldier under tremendous stress. Military sources say the gunman was married with two children. Although this was his first deployment in Afghanistan, he had over 10 years of service, including tours in Iraq. He also is reported to have previously suffered a traumatic brain injury and to have had problems at home after his last deployment. Despite those issues, the soldier — who is based at Fort Lewis in Washington state — was still deemed fit for combat duty.