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New StoryCorps project wants to hear from post-9/11 veterans

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As part of its new Military Voices Initiative, StoryCorps will send buses outfitted with recording studios around the country to collect more than 700 stories from veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Continue reading

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Pentagon holds event to recognize gay troops

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WASHINGTON — In the course of a year, Marine Capt. M. Matthew Phelps says he went from being a gay man “in the closet,” afraid of being discharged, to invitee at the White House gay pride reception, drinking champagne with … Continue reading

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Oral history: Iraq veteran ‘wouldn’t have missed’ it for $10 million

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In the early-morning hours, a voice blared over a loudspeaker warning of incoming projectiles, possibly mortars or maybe rockets. Sleeping almost naked in the 110-degree Baghdad heat, John Reed jolted awake, sat up and froze, his forgotten body armor and helmet lying just a few feet away in a little trailer.
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Oral history: Every deployment ‘shapes and changes your life,’ Marine says

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Nick Lopez will do just about anything for an old Marine Corps buddy — even talking about wartime experiences he’d rather forget. Continue reading

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Oral history: Veteran still ‘amazed’ at the bravery of Marines in Iraq

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Michael Schoenfeld spent the first days of the United States-led invasion of Iraq in the back of a seven-ton truck that offered little protection aside from a canvas cover and sandbags that quickly turned hard as concrete. He has shared his story with the American West Center’s oral history project. Continue reading

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Saving veterans’ ‘nuanced stories’ of Iraq and Afghanistan

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A young Marine lies on his belly, sobbing after he and his comrades shot up an Iraqi family whose white Chevy Citation sped into the middle of a firefight. Another is whisked away from war with a torn-up face and survivor’s guilt because his buddy, a husband and father of two, died in the same foxhole.
These are some of the poignant stories told by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to historians at the University of Utah’s American West Center. Continue reading

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