PART FOUR: COMING HOME
President Obama says our combat mission in Iraq will
end by August 31, 2010. This leaves many unanswered questions. What was
our mission in Iraq? Did we succeed? What will become of the country we
invaded? Whatever the answers, our troops are coming home. But what are
they coming home to? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
we'll talk with Iraq War veterans about the challenges of coming home.
And, what about us? Are WE ready for THEM?
President Obama reminds us that he intends to end combat
operations in Iraq by August 31, 2010 as we spend this hour surveying
just what the troops are coming home to, and what it has all meant.
Major Steve Beck is a Marine Casualty Notification Officer. Journalist
Jim Sheeler wrote his book, "Final Salute," about him. Sheeler
tells Anne Strainchamps that a Marine family's worst fear is seeing
Major Beck at their door. Also, Iraq War veteran Sergeant John McCary
reads an e-mail he sent his family in 2004 about the brutal nature of
Kyle Haussmann-Stokes, like many returning Iraq
War veterans, struggled alone with his PTSD. Eventually he got help
and made a film called "Now, After." He talks with Jim Fleming.
Stokes is currently a film student at USC.
We hear the Commanding Officer of Fort Campbell, home
of the Army's 101st Airborne Division, recorded when the based closed
down for three days following a rash of eleven suicides. And, Brigadier
General Loree Sutton is the military's top-ranking psychiatrist
and Director of the Pentagon's Centers of Excellence for Psychological
Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. She talks with Steve Paulson about
what the military is doing to combat the alarming statistics concerning
suicide, alcoholism and PTSD in returning vets. Also, Anne Strainchamps
talked with Colby Buzzell over 4 years ago after he returned
from his first tour of duty in Iraq. At that time, having seen a lot
of heavy combat, Buzzell wanted to sort out what had happened, get himself
back together and take advantage of the GI bill for college. Now, Buzzell
has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and struggles
with addiction. He and Anne talked again. A collection of Colby Buzzell's
Iraq War blog entries can be found in his book, "My War."
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-11-22-A.
|Jim Sheeler, Final Salute:
A Story of Unfinished Lives (The Penguin Press)
Colby Buzzell, My War: Killing Time in
- Taps/The US Army Ceremonial
Band/A Patriotic Salute to the Military Family/Cocker and McCree Inc.
- Down Slow/Moby/Play/Little Idiots Records
- MK1/Radiohead/In Rainbows/Radiohead web release
- The music for John McCarys piece The Fallen
is original and by Jess Atkins: http://www.jessatkins.com/
- Building Steam with a Grain of Salt/DJ Shadow/Entroducing/Mo
- The Rooster/Alice in Chains/Dirt/Virgin Records
- Original theme music for Boots on the Ground:
Stories from the War in Iraq was written by Steve Mullen at Walk
West Productions. http://walkwestworld.com
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