April 6, 2004 NPR's Michele Norris talks with Ginger Perez and Tara Keith, two women whose husbands are Marines currently deployed in Fallujah as part of the 1st Marine Division, 5th Battalion. They discuss the difficulties of having little information or contact with a spouse serving in combat in Iraq as the number of military casualties continues to rise.
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April 3, 2004 An ongoing study by sociologist Robert Cushing examines the list of U.S. military deaths in Iraq and reveals an apparent statistical anomaly: soldiers and Marines from rural areas are dying at higher rates than troops from cities and suburbs. NPR's Howard Berkes looks at the research and at a Nevada family's loss.
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March 12, 2004 U.S. Army officials release new information on the number of suicides by U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq, to include soldiers who killed themselves after returning home. The total is 29. In January, when it was reported that the number of suicides was only 18, a Pentagon official admitted the suicide rate was "on the high end" of what has been seen in past military conflicts. NPR's Alix Spiegel reports.
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February 26, 2004 NPR's Michele Norris talks with Connie Neall, a private in the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. She was injured by a piece of shrapnel from a roadside bomb in January. She still has a scar and returned to her home in South Dakota for a month. She returns to duty at Fort Campbell, Ky., Thursday. This is the first in a series of interviews that All Things Considered will conduct with soldiers who are returning from Iraq.
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July 15, 2003 The commander of the Third Infantry Division has sent an e-mail to Army spouses indicating it will be several more months before their soldier husbands and wives come home from Iraq. They had been expecting to see their spouses sometime within the next six weeks. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Tanya Williams, the wife of a soldier from Fort Stewart, Ga.
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