April 4, 2012 Pie-in-the-sky reports about vast mineral deposits of copper, iron, uranium and lithium are believed by many in Afghanistan to be the key to the country's future. But a Chinese copper mine east of Kabul is the only one optioned by an international company so far, and it's on hold.
April 1, 2012 More than a plane ride separates soldiers from returning home. Before they can go back to their families, the 182nd Infantry Regiment will spend several days "demobilizing" at Camp Atterbury. The process eases the transition back to the civilian world — and spots trouble before it ruins lives.
March 25, 2012 Members of the National Guard's 182nd Infantry Regiment recently touched down in Indiana after a long trip and a long year in Afghanistan. Over the next year, Weekend Edition will follow these men through their shift from soldiers to civilians.
March 18, 2012 Service members are generally screened before, during and after deployment. But the Army lacks reliable diagnostic tools, according to former Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli. He says what the recent attack on Afghan civilians proves is "just how much we don't know."
March 18, 2012 There is still only sketchy information available about Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' recent experience in Afghanistan, but five years ago in Iraq, he was considered an excellent and upbeat soldier. Bales is suspected of killing 16 unarmed Afghan civilians.
February 28, 2012 WNPRVeterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan are facing an unemployment rate twice that of civilians. But a consortium of business schools has been teaching service members that their military experience can give them the right skills to become successful business owners.
February 24, 2012 In 2004 he nearly lost his life, and a leg, in Iraq. But Canon worked hard at rehab and his doctors performed one of the most extensive limb constructions ever tried. NPR followed his story. Last week, 29-year-old Canon died.
February 20, 2012 Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by a blast: A bomb explodes, and the concussive effect violently shakes the brain. The Army has had a mixed record treating soldiers for TBI. Now it's trying to spot the injury close to the battle and get soldiers out of the fight.
February 16, 2012 WPLNIn an effort to shake up a "pill for every ill" approach, the Army is making alternative treatments more widely available. Among the new options is acupuncture, which some veterans say is making them less dependent on painkillers. That doesn't mean there isn't resistance, including from many in uniform.