Veterans http://kunc.org en Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own http://kunc.org/post/never-truly-over-discussing-deployment-challenge-its-own Army Capt. Drew Pham, 26, returned from a tour in Afghanistan in October 2011. Since Drew's been back, it's been hard for him to make sense of what he saw there and adjust to his life at home. It's been difficult for his wife, Molly Pearl, to respond to some of the things he would tell her, too.<p>Pham called once to tell her he had shot a man. He says she didn't know what to say, so she replied, "Well, we'll deal with it when you get home."<p>"I did a lot of bad things. We killed this 60- or 70-year-old schoolteacher. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:29:04 +0000 NPR Staff 55019 at http://kunc.org Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' http://kunc.org/post/war-desert-murder-ball-ice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULh4froE7k</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 54494 at http://kunc.org From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' Reminder From A Marine: Civilians And Veterans Share Ownership Of War http://kunc.org/post/reminder-marine-civilians-and-veterans-share-ownership-war "Marines and soldiers don't issue themselves orders, they don't send themselves overseas," says former Marine Phil Klay. "United States citizens elect the leaders who send us overseas."<p>In his new collection, <em>Redeployment,</em> Klay, who served in Iraq, tells a dozen vivid stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspectives of the people who experienced it — combatants, civilians and children alike. Taken together, the stories give a grim — and occasionally funny — picture of war and what happens next to those who survive it. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 10:49:00 +0000 NPR Staff 54468 at http://kunc.org Reminder From A Marine: Civilians And Veterans Share Ownership Of War Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' http://kunc.org/post/path-reclaiming-identity-steep-vets-bad-paper When Michael Hartnett was getting kicked out of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was too deep into post-traumatic stress disorder, drugs and alcohol to care as his battalion commander explained to the young man that his career was ending, and ending badly.<p>"Do you understand what I'm saying to you, son? It's going to be six and a kick," Hartnett recalls the commander telling him.<p>The "six" was an expected six months of hard labor in the brig. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:56:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 52718 at http://kunc.org Path To Reclaiming Identity Steep For Vets With 'Bad Paper' Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter http://kunc.org/post/other-honorable-discharge-burdens-scarlet-letter Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.<p>None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."<p>Highfill, a 27-year-old Michigan native, says he got addicted to the painkillers he was taking for a knee injury. In the Navy's eyes, Highfill screwed up. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:06:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 52662 at http://kunc.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter