The Impact of War NPR news and stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Interviews with soldiers, world leaders, veterans, and families on the home front. Read and listen to stories and subscribe to RSS feeds.

Stefanie Pelkey, left, and T.J. Hart met while volunteering at a veterans center in Houston. StoryCorps hide caption

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Soldier With PTSD, Woman Who Lost Husband To It, Find Solace Together

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End Of Life Care Can Be Different For Veterans

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Hundreds Of U.S. Military Trainers Headed For Iraq

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As an Army chaplain in Iraq, David Peters administered last rites and grieved with survivors. When he came home, he says, he "fell apart emotionally and spiritually." Courtesy of Robert K. Chambers hide caption

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An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

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Lawyers Try To Fight Death Penalty With New PTSD Understanding

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Reporter Janine di Giovanni shares her stories about war and courage. Ryan Lash/TED/TED hide caption

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What Does It Take To Cover A War?

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Retired 1st Sgt. Keith Melick (right) and retired Army Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins met when Melick, a medic, treated Wilkins after an IED explosion. They were reunited nearly 10 years later. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Decade After Battle, Medic And Wounded Soldier Reunite

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Gary Walters demonstrates his self-cooling prosthetic. Leto Solutions via YouTube hide caption

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Vet's Self-Cooling Prosthetic Could Help Amputees Beat The Heat

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U.S. soldiers stand at a checkpoint around Lakokhel camp in Afghanistan in 2010. Many soldiers return from war suffering from "moral injuries," or dealing with the fact that their sense of right and wrong was violated. Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Moral Injury Is The 'Signature Wound' Of Today's Veterans

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A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

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What The Military Learned From The Battle For Fallujah

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Former Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp sat down with his father, Kirk Sharp, to talk about what happened when Ryan returned home after two tours in Iraq. StoryCorps hide caption

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Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

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Shirley Parrello's son, Brian, died in Iraq almost ten years ago. Sgt. Kevin Powell was with him that day, and he says he can still picture Brian Parello in the moments after the IED exploded. Storycorps hide caption

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After Loss, Marine's Parents 'Gained 20-Something Other Sons'

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When Sgt. Paul Braun (right) first met Philip, the Iraqi interpreter assigned to his company, he didn't trust him. But after his tour was over, he worked for years to get Philip a visa to come to the U.S. Storycorps hide caption

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American Soldier, Iraqi Interpreter: From Strangers To 'Brothers'

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Paul Pillar (right), a former national intelligence officer, with teammate Aaron David Miller, argues that the U.S. should have a smaller military footprint in the Middle East. Samuel LaHoz/Intelligence Squared U.S. hide caption

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Debate: Does U.S. Military Intervention In The Middle East Help Or Hurt?

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