Coming Home From Iraq

Packing Inferno: The Unamking of a Marine
04.26.2009

"Let me say this as plainly as I can" President Obama said recently, "By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end." Obama's plan will bring home some 150,000 troops. But what are they coming home to? Their divorce rate is triple the national average. Alcoholism, four times the average. PTSD. Unemployment. Suicide. And a nation weary of the war they fought. They're coming home, are we ready for them?

  1. Jim Sheeler on "Final Salute"

    Journalist Jim Sheeler is the author of "Final Salute." The book is about Marine Casualty Notification Officer Major Steve Beck and the families affected by his devastating news.

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  2. John McCary's "The Fallen"

    Iraq war veteran John McCary offers his essay called "The Fallen," part of the National Endowment for the Arts project, Operation Homecoming.

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  3. Tyler Boudreau on "Packing Inferno"

    Tyler Boudreau is a 12 year veteran of the Marine Corps who ultimately resigned his commission due to reservations over the legitimacy of the Iraq war.

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  4. Gary Mitchell on "A Sniper's Journey"

    Gary Mitchell is a Vietnam vet who's struggled with PTSD for some 40 years. He was a sniper and assigned to carry out planned assassinations.

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  5. Toby Nunn on Soldiers' Angels

    Sergeant First Class Toby Nunn served two tours of duty in Iraq. He now works for the nonprofit organization Soldiers' Angels, which supports veterans and deployed military personnel and their families.

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