Afghanistan

The State of Things
12:14 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Return From War

Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits owner and Marine veteran Matt Victoriano
Credit Carol Jackson

Military veterans face many challenges in combat zones and on battlefields. But what about the struggles they face when they return to civilian life?  

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Business & Economy
5:10 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

VIDEO: Two Marines: Brothers In War And Coffee

Matt Victoriano. Before opening a watering hole in Durham, Matt was a Marine sniper in Iraq.
Matt Victoriano

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.

Ryan Wetter did two tours in Afghanistan. He conducted reconnaissance, often under cover of darkness. He is the 19th Marine  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."

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The State of Things
12:10 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Former Ambassador Weighs In On American Foreign Policy

Karl Eikenberry
Credit stanford.edu

From 2009 to 2011, Karl Eikenberry served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan where he worked to stabilize the country and build a stronger foundation for democracy.

The challenge is great as many question the intervention of American troops. Eikenberry, a Goldsboro, NC native, believes the humanities can provide an innovative approach to modern diplomacy.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

A War Correspondent Reflects On Seven Tours Of Duty

Credit https://twitter.com/JayinKabul

    

The American military is drawing down forces in Afghanistan.

As troops depart and resources return home, on-the-ground media coverage of the conflict winds down as well. Reporter Jay Price has covered the country on three different tours. He also covered the war in Iraq for the News & Observer and its parent company, McClatchy Newspapers.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Jay Price about his experiences as a war correspondent and his unique perspective on America’s conflicts.

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Military
5:06 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

60 Fort Bragg Surveillance Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

A small group of Fort Bragg soldiers returns home from Afghanistan Monday as the military works to transfer its operations to Afghan forces. 

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Military
5:47 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

1,000 Camp Lejeune Marines Deploy To Afghanistan

Marines training at Camp LeJeune.
Credit U.S. Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tom Gagnier

One thousand Marines and sailors based at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville are deploying to Afghanistan this week.   Combat Logistics Batallion Six will be providing support to a larger unit already in place as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Captain Emma Frowine, one of the Marines deploying, says the Batallion found out about the deployment about six months ago.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

For Returning Vets, Challenges On The Homefront

The Durham VA Medical Center
Credit Durham VA Medical Center

A panel of experts discuss medical care, social support and services for returning soldiers

The latest research suggests that for veterans, social support is just as important as medical care.

Host Frank Stasio talks with UNC Chapel Hill Associate Professor of Psychiatry Eric Elbogen, about his study 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 Durham VA Medical Center, and Jason Hansman of Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America.

The State of Things
11:50 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Why Hundreds Of Thousands Of Vets Are Waiting For Their Disability Claims

The weight of paper files at the VA's Winston-Salem office threatened to collapse the floor.
Credit Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs

Hundreds of thousands of veterans have been waiting months - sometimes years - for their disability claims to be processed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Recently, piled up claims threatened to buckle the floor at the Winston-Salem office. 

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Politics & Government
4:35 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

NC Rep. Jones Calls For US To Stop Funding Afghanistan

Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC)
Credit US House of Representatives

North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones is among those calling for an end to U.S. spending in Afghanistan. 

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State of Things
9:39 am
Wed October 3, 2012

On the Front Lines

Success in the war on Afghanistan depends on Afghan soldiers taking over after U.S. troops leave.

The Army’s Green Beret’s are charged with training them. Kevin Maurer, 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.

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