Veteran Stories

We're commemorating Veteran's Day with stories from the boots on the ground themselves. These veteran stories, of bravery, of trying to do the right thing, of fear, of PTSD, of patriotism, are our collective national story. As one Marine put it when asked what we can do for veterans, "listen, just listen."

 

My War

Colby Buzzell on "My War"

Colby Buzzell is an Iraq War veteran whose blog and book is called "My War," and he tells Anne Strainchamps why he joined up and how he got past the drug test.

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Here, Bullet

Brian Turner on "Here, Bullet"

Brian Turner served as an infantry team leader with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Unit in Iraq. His book of poetry is called “Here, Bullet.”

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Joker One

Donovan Campbell on "Joker One"

Donovan Campbell commanded a platoon of Marines in Ramadi. He tells Steve Paulson that to understand the events of April 6, you have to know what went on the night before.

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A Vietnamese Doctor's Unforgettable Diary

In 1969, Frederic Whitehurst was a military intelligence officer burning documents in Vietnam. Then he stumbled on the remarkable diary of North Vietnamese Dr. Dang Thuy Tram. Defying orders, he saved her diary, which later became one of the bestselling books in Vietnamese history.

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Army Apache AH 64 Attack Helicopter

Nicole Smith on Women in Combat

Nicole Smith pilots an Army Apache AH 64 attack helicopter.  She is the only African American female to do so.

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