While arguments rage over troop increases or withdrawals, for millions of Americans and Iraqis the war is a family issue. The mother of a recent enlistee, the father of four U.S. servicemen, and two Iraqis talk about how they are directly affected by the war in Iraq.
Katrin Michael, Iraqi writer; lives in Virginia; survived chemical attack against Kurds in northern Iraq in 1987 and testified against Saddam Hussein's trial this past fall; has many family members living in Iraq
Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi architect and blogger
Kathleen Gilligan, photographer with the Detroit Free Press, served in Army during Reagan administration; 20-year-old son just enlisted in the Army and is preparing for Baghdad with the 101st Airborne Infantry
Larry Syverson, environmental scientist; on the board of Military Families Speak Out; youngest son was redeployed to Ramadi, after three weeks at Walter Reed psychiatric unit for suicide and depression, has two other sons also on active duty