Afghanistan http://wunc.org en Return From War http://wunc.org/post/return-war <p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">Military veterans face many challenges in combat zones and on battlefields. But what about the struggles they face when they return to civilian life? </span></font><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></span></font></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:14:43 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 33583 at http://wunc.org Return From War VIDEO: Two Marines: Brothers In War And Coffee http://wunc.org/post/video-two-marines-brothers-war-and-coffee <p>This is the story of two men. Both Marines. Both served in the Middle East. Both struggled when they returned. One Durham coffee shop brought them together and helped them re-connect to civilian life.</p><p>Ryan Wetter did two tours in Afghanistan. He conducted reconnaissance, often under cover of darkness. He is the 19th Marine&nbsp; in his family to serve since the Korean war. He always knew he'd be a Marine. "Its like telling kids not to be a superhero. You see a superhero running around, that's what you want to be."</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:10:02 +0000 Carol Jackson 32786 at http://wunc.org VIDEO: Two Marines: Brothers In War And Coffee Former Ambassador Weighs In On American Foreign Policy http://wunc.org/post/former-ambassador-weighs-american-foreign-policy <p></p><p><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">From 2009 to 2011,</span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font><font size="3" style="font-family: Tahoma;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Karl Eikenberry served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan where he worked to stabilize the country and build a stronger foundation for democracy.</span></font></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:10:04 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 31672 at http://wunc.org Former Ambassador Weighs In On American Foreign Policy A War Correspondent Reflects On Seven Tours Of Duty http://wunc.org/post/war-correspondent-reflects-seven-tours-duty <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt">The American military is drawing down forces in Afghanistan. </span></font></p><p><font size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">As&nbsp;troops depart and resources return home, on-the-ground media coverage of the conflict winds down as well. <a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/511/">Reporter Jay Price</a> has covered the country on three different tours. He also covered the war in Iraq for the News &amp; Observer and its parent company, McClatchy Newspapers. </span></font></p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 16:01:21 +0000 Laura Lee & Frank Stasio 24107 at http://wunc.org A War Correspondent Reflects On Seven Tours Of Duty 60 Fort Bragg Surveillance Soldiers Return From Afghanistan http://wunc.org/post/60-fort-bragg-surveillance-soldiers-return-afghanistan <p>A small group of Fort Bragg soldiers returns home from Afghanistan Monday as the military works to transfer its operations to Afghan forces.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:06:13 +0000 Will Michaels 22973 at http://wunc.org 1,000 Camp Lejeune Marines Deploy To Afghanistan http://wunc.org/post/1000-camp-lejeune-marines-deploy-afghanistan <p>One thousand Marines and sailors based at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville are deploying to Afghanistan this week.&nbsp;&nbsp; Combat Logistics Batallion Six will be providing support to a larger unit already in place as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.&nbsp; Captain Emma Frowine, one of the Marines deploying, says the Batallion found out about the deployment about six months ago.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 21:47:11 +0000 Avery Kleinman 18726 at http://wunc.org 1,000 Camp Lejeune Marines Deploy To Afghanistan For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront http://wunc.org/post/returning-vets-challenges-homefront <p>The latest research suggests that for veterans, social support is just as important as medical care.</p><p>Host Frank Stasio talks with UNC Chapel Hill&nbsp;Associate Professor of Psychiatry <a href="http://www.med.unc.edu/psych/directories/faculty/elbogen">Eric Elbogen</a>, about his <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22795217">study</a> showing that vets lacking social and financial stability are more likely to engage in violent behavior than those with posttraumatic stress disorder. Joining the conversation are Pete Tillman, public affairs officer for the <a href="http://www.durham.va.gov/">Durham VA Medical Center</a>, and <a href="http://iava.org/jason-hansman">Jason Hansman</a> of <a href="http://iava.org/">Iraq &amp; Afghanistan Veterans of America</a>. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:03:07 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17465 at http://wunc.org For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims http://wunc.org/post/why-hundreds-thousands-vets-are-waiting-their-disability-claims <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of thousands of veterans have been </span><a href="http://cironline.org/reports/vas-ability-quickly-provide-benefits-plummets-under-obama-4241" style="line-height: 1.5;">waiting</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> months - sometimes years - for their disability claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.&nbsp; Recently, piled up claims </span><a href="http://veteransnewsblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/vaoig-12-00244-241.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">threatened</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://veteransnewsblog.fil Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:50:10 +0000 Isaac-Davy Aronson & Frank Stasio 17464 at http://wunc.org Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims NC Rep. Jones Calls For US To Stop Funding Afghanistan http://wunc.org/post/nc-rep-jones-calls-us-stop-funding-afghanistan <p>North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones is among those calling for an end to U.S. spending in Afghanistan.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 20:35:23 +0000 Will Michaels 15460 at http://wunc.org NC Rep. Jones Calls For US To Stop Funding Afghanistan On the Front Lines http://wunc.org/post/front-lines <p>Success in the war on Afghanistan depends on Afghan soldiers taking over after U.S. troops leave.</p><p>The Army’s Green Beret’s are charged with training them. <a href="http://kevinmaurer.net/" target="_blank">Kevin Maurer</a>, the local news editor for the Wilmington Star-News embedded with the Green Beret and walked away with a book, “Gentlemen Bastards: On the Ground in Afghanistan with America's Elite Special Forces” (Berkley Hardcover/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to him about his experiences.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:39:00 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 3769 at http://wunc.org On the Front Lines