Ten Years Gone: Iraq and Afghanistan Vets on What It All Meant

A decade after the worst fighting overseas, five combat veterans put the Forever War and American civilian life into perspective.

By Kelley Beaucar VlahosNovember 9, 2018

Photo Credit: Marine Dan Grazier (far right) in April 2007 at Camp Baharia outside of Fallujah with rest of his tank crew, from right, Ryan Tourville, Zach Eldred and Adam Jackson. (Credit: Grazier)

Possibly the most poignant line of the 1984 breakout hit “19” by electronic musician Paul Hardcastle was the one it deliberately drove home with synthesized drumbeat repetition: “In World War II the average age of the combat soldier was 26. In Vietnam he was nineteen…nineteen.”

What have we learned? Five combat veterans put the Forever War and American civilian life into perspective…

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