Home Fires

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When I came across the "Home Fires" blog on The New York Times website, I thought to myself, "Breakfast potatoes?! Finally, a blog I can relate to!" Then Scott brought it to my attention that the word was actually "fires," and not those tasty treats from McDonalds. So, naturally, I took a closer look. Turns out the blog is a group column written by five members of the U.S. military who have all finished their tours in Iraq and are now living back in the States. It's a space where they can talk about their experiences in Iraq and the transition back to civilian life. And I am happy to report that their tales, though sometimes difficult to digest, are infinitely more compelling than breakfast potatoes. Veterans, we want to hear from you: what was it like where you served, and was it difficult to assimilate back into your old life when you got home?

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I am simutaneously grateful and awed by your guests' service but am so against the war they've been sent to: How do they feel about the anti-war feelings? Is it dispiriting especially while on active duty?

Sent by Lewis Ware | 2:40 PM | 10-18-2007