Those Who Serve
Jul 4, 2013 — Sgt. Chris Cunningham has served five tours in Afghanistan, surviving some of the past decade's most horrific fighting. These days, his excitement about war has been replaced by a grim wisdom — and the heavy responsibility of teaching Afghan soldiers and honoring fallen comrades.
Jul 4, 2012 — On Independence Day, we continue an occasional series, Those Who Serve, with a story about an Army captain who grew up hearing about the exploits of his grandfathers in Asia during World War II. Now he's a captain serving in Afghanistan.
Jul 6, 2011 — Darryl St. George, 29, taught high school history on Long Island, N.Y. "But I felt like something was missing. ... I felt compelled to serve," he says. So he enlisted and became a Navy corpsman. His former co-workers had a tough time understanding that decision.
Jul 5, 2011 — For Sgt. Jon Moulder, like many Marines serving in Afghanistan, the question is whether it's all worth it. Moulder has survived four roadside bomb explosions. He's seeing a counselor about post-traumatic stress. And he's feeling forgotten by Americans back home.
Jul 4, 2011 — Marine Pfc. Dave Kroha signed up when his mom offhandedly suggested it after he got into a few bar fights. Less than 1 percent of Americans now serve in the armed forces, and their reasons for joining vary — from patriotism, to family tradition, to adventure, to finding purpose.
Jul 3, 2011 — The number of Americans serving in the military is a small slice of the U.S. population. Here, a graphical look at the makeup of the military and the sacrifices those troops have made.