We Shouldn’t Rely on Politicians to Memorialize Our Fallen Soldiers

Gold Star Families Need to Reach out—and Communities Need to Reach Back

Five U.S. infantry soldiers died on June 21, 2007, when their 30-ton Bradley tracked vehicle hit a deep-buried bomb in Adhamiyah, Iraq.

I was embedded as a reporter with their unit when they died, and I watched as the men who served with them rallied.

They reached out to the mothers and fathers and wives, offering and seeking comfort, but also saying what they believed needed to be heard:

It was quick.
We were with them at the end.
We will never forget.

The families often reach back too, spreading wide wings over …

My Stages of Grief for Iraq

The Country I Loved Died in 1990. The Rise of the Islamic State Is My Worst Nightmare.

When people ask me how I feel about the latest events in Iraq, I tell them I feel sad. All these people—both Americans and Iraqis who have died since 2003—died …

Our Transformational Veterans

America Changed Their Lives. Now They’ll Be Changing America.

The 2 million veterans who are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan have had their lives changed by war. As they come home, they have the potential to change the …

Iraqi Justice

A Forgotten War’s Overlooked Heroes

Earlier this summer Medhat al-Mahmoud, the chief justice of Iraq and president of the Iraqi Higher Judicial Council, came to Arizona to speak at the annual conference of state judges …