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The Impact Of War

Morning Edition

Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Founder: Monument Almost Never Got Built

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jan Scruggs commemorates the 40th anniversary of the end to the Vietnam War with a walk along the memorial he pioneered building.

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Formerly Homeless Vet And His Dad Remember His Darkest Moments

Saturday, April 18, 2015

When Marine Cpl. Zach Stiles returned from Iraq, he couldn't sleep, hold down a job or pay rent. He and his father sat down with StoryCorps to talk, for the first time, about his life after the war.

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TED Radio Hour

How Does War Teach Soldiers About Love?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Journalist Sebastian Junger was embedded with soldiers during the war in Afghanistan. He says many veterans miss war because it fulfills a deep human need to belong to a trusted group.

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All Things Considered

'State Of Terror': Where ISIS Came From And How To Fight It

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In their new book, terrorism experts Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger say that the "projection of strength" has led to the rapid expansion of the self-declared Islamic State.

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After Explosion, A Soldier And His Squad Leader Find Peace

Saturday, March 07, 2015

In 2011, while deployed in Afghanistan, Lance Cpl. Erik Galvan had a bad feeling about a wooded area. Sgt. Daniel Wheeler ordered him to go in anyway. The next thing Galvan saw was the blast.

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From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Sara Creech's nursing career fell apart after she returned from Iraq with PTSD. She found purpose — and a new path — on the farm. Now, the USDA is giving veterans like her more financial support.

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Soldier With PTSD, Woman Who Lost Husband To It, Find Solace Together

Saturday, January 31, 2015

When Michael Pelkey returned from Iraq, "his light was gone," says former Army Cpt. Stephanie Pelkey. Her friend, Army Sgt. T.J. Hart, says he barely survived the numbness that led Pelkey away.

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All Things Considered

End Of Life Care Can Be Different For Veterans

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Many veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War are now finding themselves needing end-of-life care. These vets are served by hospice care facilities across the country. But caring for vets isn't always the same as caring for others: as veterans approach the end of life, old traumas can resurface or appear for the first time.

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All Things Considered

Hundreds Of U.S. Military Trainers Headed For Iraq

Thursday, January 15, 2015

They are expected to head to Iraq in the coming weeks to build up an Iraqi Army that has all but fallen apart. The additional American soldiers and Marines will work out of an ever-expanding number of training sites around the country. U.S. officials expect ground operations sometime in the spring to take back territory seized by the so-called Islamic State.

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All Things Considered

An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

When David Peters went to Iraq as an Army chaplain, his relationship with God faltered. But after years of feeling adrift, he eventually found that the trauma of war had actually deepened his faith.

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All Things Considered

Lawyers Try To Fight Death Penalty With New PTSD Understanding

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A 66-year-old Vietnam vet is due to be executed next week for the 1998 murder of a deputy sheriff in Georgia. There's no question that he shot the officer thanks to a grisly dashcam video. But the man's lawyers say PTSD and mental illness were not taken into consideration at sentencing.

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Even If Torture Doesn't Work In The Real World, TV Has Us Convinced It Does

Friday, December 12, 2014

Interrogation experts have tried to get shows like 24 to tone down the torture. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says that may not be as easy as it sounds.

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TED Radio Hour

What Does It Take To Cover A War?

Friday, December 12, 2014

Reporter Janine di Giovanni has covered countless wars, including conflict in Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of everyday human courage in conflict zones.

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A Decade After Battle, Medic And Wounded Soldier Reunite

Saturday, November 29, 2014

In 2004, Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins was wounded in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. Medic Keith Melick pulled him from the rubble. This summer, a chance meeting brought the two together again.

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All Things Considered

Vet's Self-Cooling Prosthetic Could Help Amputees Beat The Heat

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Iraq war veteran has developed a better artificial leg with a cooling fan. Gary Walters says most prosthesis don't release heat, causing many amputees to stop wearing them.

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Fresh Air

Moral Injury Is The 'Signature Wound' Of Today's Veterans

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Journalist David Wood says "almost everyone" in war has suffered a violation of their sense of right and wrong. As a result, Wood tells Fresh Air, veterans deal with grief, numbness or guilt.

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All Things Considered

A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

Sunday, November 09, 2014

In his new book, a former Army lieutenant general compares the war on terrorism to Alcoholics Anonymous: "Step one is admitting you have a problem."

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What The Military Learned From The Battle For Fallujah

Sunday, November 09, 2014

American troops are marking the 10th anniversary of the bloodiest battle of the Iraq war, Fallujah. In this For the Record segment, NPR's Rachel Martin asks service members if the battle was worth it.

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Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Saturday, November 08, 2014

After Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he would talk about ending his life. Today, he can't even recall those conversations.

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After Loss, Marine's Parents 'Gained 20-Something Other Sons'

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lance Cpl. Brian Parrello was 19 when he was killed by an IED; he was the only member of his platoon who didn't come home from Iraq. Since then, his fellow Marines have grown close to his parents.

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