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Kelly Denton-Borhaug: The Intolerable Price You Pay

More than 17 of you veterans take your own lives every day. And you live with all of this, while so much of the rest of the nation fails to muster the will to see you, hear you, or face honestly the American addiction to war.

November 11, 2022 · 8 Comments

Danny Sjursen: Undercover Patriots

Trump, Tulsa, and the Rise of Military Dissent

July 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Barrett Swanson: The Soldier and the Soil

Their prose often stood head and shoulders above the standard freshman drivel, exhibiting a certain rigor of thought and depth of feeling that perhaps comes from having witnessed whole anthologies of trauma—entire villages razed by fire, wide-eyed children draped in gore, wives screaming beside mutilated husbands.

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Thank you for your service

At the gym the other day, a few of us old veterans were talking among ourselves. The subject drifted to how tired we are of that “Thank you for your … Continue reading

November 11, 2019 · 29 Comments

Video: Medieval Martha Stewart

. A documentary by Taylor Hawkins. Damaged by childhood abuse, PTSD, and chronic loneliness, Iraq war veteran Josh Brock has turned his anger and sorrow into a personal ethos of … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: American Riddle

When you can’t figure out how to stop the war in Iraq, much less how to make enough money to pay your mortgage, moving the hundred and eighty dollars from … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

Chris Hedges: The Lie of Patriotism

BALTIMORE—When Rory Fanning, a burly veteran who served in the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion and was deployed in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2004, appeared at the Donald Trump rally in … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 2 Comments

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