Perspectives on American life, informed by military service
A veteran who shunned college as a young man reflects on the path that led him to a distinguished career in sociology.
Servicemembers and civilians are tuned out of each other’s lives and challenges, which only deepens the rifts between them.
The military can be an important engine for social mobility, but it doesn’t always work that way.
Today’s youth aren’t interested in learning about the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts that have shaped recent history—but an Iraq war veteran-turned-teacher warns that the results of an uninformed generation could be dangerous.
They spent their early 20s in combat zones. Now they're back in school, struggling to fit in with their peers and figure out the rest of their lives.
A former infantryman in Iraq reflects on how the culture of military service has changed since World War II. Unhelpful attitudes from civilians and veterans alike, he says, are making it difficult for today's servicemen to transition back to post-deployment life.
After the Navy Yard shooting, media outlets pounced on the gunman's veteran status—unfairly attributing his violence and mental health status to his military experience.
After months or years in far-off war zones, former soldiers are facing a new kind of isolation at college.