On Weekend Edition Saturday, this month's Impact of War series continues with Scott Simon interviewing Brig. Gen. Rhonda Cornum, director of the U.S. Army's new Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program, whose mission, according to its website, "is to develop and institute a holistic fitness program for soldiers, families, and Army civilians in order to enhance performance and build resilience." The interview takes place next week and will air on Saturday November 21. Do you have any questions for her?
Also for Impact of War, Bellamy Pailthorp of member station KPLU reports that even committed military families rethink their allegiance when bureaucracy ignores their needs. She tells the story on an Army wife who fought her husband's transfer from Fort Lewis, Washington, to a small town in Louisiana so that her two young children could get the medical and mental health care they need — but staying near the family's current care providers meant seeing her husband deployed to Iraq for a third time.
Our series will be produced in cooperation with NPR's Impact of War Project. The collaboration is an outreach effort to NPR member station reporters around the country to aid in increasing their local coverage of the experiences and sacrifices of US troops and their communities. Links to many of these stories examining how community attitudes, public policy, military strategy, medicine and technology are altered by the wars can be found on npr.org.
Feel free to tell us your story — how have the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq affected your family?