November 11, 2013 For women in the military, serving can present its own set of challenges, especially when they have to balance duty to their county and duties at home. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with two women veterans, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato and Miyoko Hikiji, about their devotion to helping other military women and veterans navigate those challenges.
November 11, 2013 Roy Scranton and Jacob Siegel edited and contributed to the collection of short stories by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They tell Fresh Air about how soldiers cope with the fear of death, and why many soldiers feel conflicted about sharing their experience with a larger audience.
October 13, 2013 After Air Force reservist Denyse Gordon won the Ms. Veteran America contest in 2012, she found the courage to talk publicly about her experiences with sexual trauma in the military. She says she knew that to make every veteran proud, she needed to be transparent, and hopes to help others with her story.
October 1, 2013 Journalist David Finkel embedded with the 2-16 Infantry Battalion during the troop surge in Iraq, then recorded their stories in his first book, The Good Soldiers. Now, his new book chronicles the struggles of those who made it home, from their recurring nightmares and suicidal thoughts to the challenges of getting help.
September 9, 2013 Calls and emails to congressional offices have been close to unanimously negative. The latest polls show solid majorities of Americans opposed. With feelings running so high, many politicians are wary of offering support for military strikes on Syria.
September 6, 2013 While opponents of military action in Syria drown Congress in phone calls, the president's grass-roots organization sits on the sidelines.
September 6, 2013 Now that the president has consulted with Congress on military action in Syria, he must abide by its vote, says a House Foreign Affairs Committee Republican who backs limited strikes.
September 5, 2013 Rep. Elijah Cummings, who represents a district in Maryland that gave the president landslide victories, reports deep resistance among his constituents. He says nearly all of the people contacting his office urge him to vote against U.S. military action.
September 5, 2013 When it came time to cast the most important vote of his brief Senate career, Massachusetts Democrat Ed Markey avoided taking a position. And his vote was all the more puzzling given the circumstances of his election.
September 3, 2013 Aside from hearings, no action is expected this week as Congress considers President Obama's call for authorization of military strikes against Syria. Far more members are publicly undecided than openly supportive of military action at this point.