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Veterans’ Voices: Stories From Our Archive

| November 11, 2010
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Over the years KQED has collected various stories from veterans and their families. On this Veterans Day, here are some that have stuck with us.

Mike Humphrey, Iraq War veteran. Devin Katayama/KQED

California Vets Reflect on Iraq Combat’s End
President Barack Obama marked the end of the American combat mission in Iraq in August. The California Report’s Scott Shafer talked with veterans about what they would like to hear the president say.

Photo slideshow

Homeless veterans fill a long line of tables receiving their nightly meal at a shelter in San Diego. Lenny Ignelzi/AP

Homeless veterans fill a long line of tables receiving their nightly meal at a shelter in San Diego. Lenny Ignelzi/AP

Homeless Veterans
In San Diego, the VA Medical Center has enrolled 17,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Almost a third of them are diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and nearly 10 percent have traumatic brain injuries. We meet one homeless veteran who served in the Iraq War.

Veterans Village of San Diego

Former Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek McGinnis, center. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Air Force

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek McGinnis, center. Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson/Air Force

Veterans and Chronic Pain
Navy veteran Derek McGinnis, an above-the-knee amputee, discusses how he uses exercise to deal with chronic pain. Mr. McGinnis also works to help other veterans suffering from chronic pain and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Bill Shea and his wife Mary from Sonoma. Their son Army Corporal Timothy Shea was killed in Iraq. Scott Shafer/KQED

Bill Shea and his wife Mary from Sonoma. Their son Army Corporal Timothy Shea was killed in Iraq. Scott Shafer/KQED

Grief After War
All families are changed when a loved one dies. For military families, the loss is often compounded by the special circumstances of dying in a war. For the past few months, Scott Shafer has been talking with military families about how the death of their loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan changed their lives — years after their loss.

Listen to the first part of this series.

Indiana Army National Guard Soldiers with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team march into the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis. Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry/Indiana National Guard

Indiana Army National Guard Soldiers with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team march into the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis. Staff Sgt. Jeff Lowry/Indiana National Guard

Tribute
Our soldiers have been to hell and back. To Holly Hubbard Preston, no matter what your politics, they deserve far more than our indifference.

U.S. cavalrymen carry a fellow soldier to an evacuation zone after he was seriously wounded in South Vietnam. Peter Arnett/AP

U.S. cavalrymen carry a fellow soldier to an evacuation zone after he was seriously wounded in South Vietnam. Peter Arnett/AP

Déjà Vu, All Over Again
Greg Unangst, Vietnam veteran, recalls the lament of a fellow soldier in Vietnam and its disturbing echo today.

Jill Hunting

Jill Hunting

The War Zone
When the first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam, they joined an army of civilians caught in a brutal war zone. Jill Hunting comments on war’s toll on noncombatants.

Read the story.

A telegram from the Army after a U.S. solider went missing during World War II. Ann White/Flickr

A telegram from the Army after a U.S. solider went missing during World War II. Ann White/Flickr

War Destroys the Living Too
Ann Wasserman lost both her brothers within a single month of World War II. Sixty-three years later she still has not recovered from receiving the devastating news of their deaths via telegram.

Workmen searched through the debris of what was the carpenter shop on the pier at Port in Chicago, Calif. on July 18, 1944. AP Photo

Workmen searched through the debris of what was the carpenter shop on the pier at Port in Chicago, Calif. on July 18, 1944. AP Photo

The Injustice at Port Chicago
Rev. Diana McDaniel relives the disaster at Port Chicago through the eyes of her Uncle Irvin.

Prisoners cheer from behind the wire of Dachau concentration camp, as they greet US troops who liberated the camp in May 1945, at the end of World War II in Europe. AP

Prisoners cheer from behind the wire of Dachau concentration camp, as they greet US troops who liberated the camp in May 1945, at the end of World War II in Europe. AP

Making a Difference
Dean Woo was among American soldiers who liberated the Nazi death camp at Dachau. He and his daughter Evelyn tell the story of what he saw and what he did.

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Lisa Pickoff-White is KQED's Senior Interactive News Producer. Her work has been honored with awards from the Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists and SXSW Interactive. Lisa specializes in visual journalism, including photography and data. Reach Lisa Pickoff-White at lpickoffwhite@kqed.org.

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