We've received a wide range of comments about our Impact of War series by e-mail and on our Weekend Soapbox blog.
Yuck!" says Mark Bendig of Columbus, Ohio. "Last week it was an Iraq War vet describing her wounds and surgery in graphic detail. This week, it's a burn unit, with descriptions of a patient whose 'torso is an open wound' that is 'oozing pus,' along with other unpleasing details. Why would you run such a graphically sickening story at breakfast time on Sunday? Please give some consideration to your listeners when you decide which stories to run."
In response to our question, "How has the war affected your life?" Daniel Bowman says "For me, the simple answer is, 'Not enough.'"
"There is no draft, so the majority of families in the United States are not affected directly," Bowman says. "We need a system of universal national service so that everyone is contributing in some way, so that everyone is affected. When our country is at war, it should affect all of us."
Thank you for your candor and comments. We also want to thank our Impact of War unit, led by Senior Editor Vikki O'Hara and Senior Producer Danyelle Irby, as well as the reporters from NPR member stations whose contributions made the series possible. Finally, our thanks to Kroc Fellow Ailsa Chang and series producer Peter Breslow.