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Showing posts with label Afghan war veterans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Afghan war veterans. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Worst Years of Our Lives

Two new books offer shocking, enraging and, in the end, deeply sorrowful accounts of our veterans' lives after they've returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. READ MORE HERE

Monday, March 4, 2013

Will Current Wars Produce Another Hemingway?

Our best writers on war were nobodies before they got a break.

This is doubly true of veterans, from Hemingway and Joseph Heller to Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers, author of 2012′s celebrated The Yellow Birds,  whose apprenticeships began amid exploding shells, not newsrooms or creative writing classes.

So it has been with Ron Capps, a former Army lieutenant colonel. Starting in 2009, he found his well-received writing helped ease the pain of five wars in 10 years, from Kosovo and Rwanda to Iraq, Afghanistan and Dafur, where he nearly committed suicide. Two years ago Capps launched the Veterans Writing Project to help bootstrap fellow war survivors into putting their experiences on paper.

The results have been promising, judging from selections in the second edition of O-Dark-Thirty, VWP’s literary journal, which you can read in its entirety here. “Walk Until You Sleep,” a harrowing short story by Iraq war Army medic Rod Merkley, makes a strong case that our latest generation of wounded warriors may yet produce another Hemingway.

Read that selection here.

(Reproduced from TIME Magazine's Battleland blog.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Must-see: “Least Among Saints”

Name one happy movie about war veterans.

Time’s up.

From “The Best Years of Our Lives” in 1946 to the Vietnam War’s “Coming Home” and “Born on the 4th of July,”  veterans have been portrayed as troubled, bitter, dangerous and unconscionably scorned.

And often, of course, they are. Politicians love sending young men into battle, but they largely forget about them when they come home broken.

That’s much the case in "Least Among Saints," Martin Papazian’s engrossing portrayal of Anthony, a sensitive Afghanistan war vet haunted by memories of accidentally killing an Afghan family in their car at a Marine roadblock.

With a difference.