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Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore.  Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander
Sarah Finn, John Ng, Drew Moore. Photo: GCTC/Andrew Alexander

Theatre Review: "This Is War" at the Great Canadian Theatre Company

"This is War" by Canadian playwright Hannah Moscovitch, at the Great Canadian Theatre Company through Feb. 23, takes a bleak and uncompromising look at individual soldiers under the pressure of combat.

Framed by interviews with an unseen journalist, the four Canadian soldiers look back at an incident that occurred in a remote corner of Afghanistan involving them, Afghan forces and the Taliban. The brief interviews are interspersed with scenes that re-live portions of the incident, some re-running two or even three times from different points of view a la "Seven Samurai."  Go to full article
Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army
Capt. William D. Swenson in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, March 2009. Photo: U.S. Army

10th Mountain vet to receive Medal of Honor today

President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor today to a former 10th Mt. Division captain for bravery during combat in Afghanistan.

It's the nation's highest military honor.

William Swenson was a trainer and mentor embedded with Afghan border police when U.S. and Afghan troops walked into an ambush in Kunar province on Sept. 8, 2009.  Go to full article

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Josh Jones, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, takes a chemistry test at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Josh Jones, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, takes a chemistry test at Paul Smiths College. Photo: Mark Kurtz

As war winds down, vets face job hurdles

The U-S has made big gains in recent years, helping young military veterans re-integrate into civilian life. Unemployment for men and women who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq has dropped.

But the jobless rate and homelessness for young service-members remains higher than for the population overall.

And veteran advocate groups say many vets still face discrimination and a lack of opportunity.

Last year, we profiled a group of military veterans studying at Paul Smiths College.

That series, produced in partnership with WBEZ-Chicago, was recognized this summer with a national award from the Public Radio News Director's association.

Here's the second part of Brian Mann's profile that first aired in November.  Go to full article
Iraq war veteran Josh Jones cracks the books. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Iraq war veteran Josh Jones cracks the books. Photo: Mark Kurtz

For many veterans heading to college, a long road

College students are back in class across the North Country. That means all the fun rituals of campus life, settling into dorms with new roommates, joining clubs, coping with cafeteria food.

But college is also serious business, a chance for many young people to move up an economic ladder that, for many families, is a tough climb.

Last year, we profiled a group of military veterans studying at Paul Smiths College. The hope is that higher education can help former service-members making the transition from life in uniform to a decent career.

That series, produced in partnership with WBEZ-Chicago, was recognized this summer with a national award from the Public Radio News Director's association.

Here's Brian Mann's story that first aired in November.  Go to full article
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo
A homecoming ceremony at Fort Drum. NCPR file photo

For Fort Drum soldiers, frequent deployments "'til the end" in Afghanistan

It's a busy time for Fort Drum, near Watertown. Even as the country prepares to leave Afghanistan, the Army post has parts of two brigades deployed. Its aviation unit is about to ship off for a nine-month tour. And the 10th Mountain Division is expecting more orders from the Pentagon soon.  Go to full article
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Mogg and Specialist Miranda Mogg stand in front of one their brigade's Kiowa helicopters in a hangar at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards
Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael Mogg and Specialist Miranda Mogg stand in front of one their brigade's Kiowa helicopters in a hangar at Fort Drum. Photo: Joanna Richards

Father, daughter Fort Drum soldiers to deploy together

An unusual pair of "battle buddies" is about to deploy to Afghanistan from Fort Drum. Michael and Miranda Mogg are a father-daughter pair of soldiers with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.  Go to full article
Specialist Jacob Owens attended the president's second inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Fort Drum Public Affairs
Specialist Jacob Owens attended the president's second inauguration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Fort Drum Public Affairs

Wounded Fort Drum servicemember at inauguration: "Wow"

More than half a million people gathered on the National Mall in front of the US Capitol to be a part of President Barack Obama's second inauguration. Among them were about 10 wounded servicemembers who have been recovering at Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C. Among that group were four Fort Drum soldiers. Specialist Jacob Owens was among them.  Go to full article
The post-9/11 GI Bill has opened the door for veterans like Josh Jones (seen here in his dorm room at Paul Smiths College) to go back to college. Photo: Mark Kurtz
The post-9/11 GI Bill has opened the door for veterans like Josh Jones (seen here in his dorm room at Paul Smiths College) to go back to college. Photo: Mark Kurtz

New GI bill helps vets pivot to civilian life

This week in recognition of Veterans Day, North Country Public Radio has been looking at the struggles of young veterans returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Many have come back to a sour economy, with few good jobs. For veterans under the age of 25, unemployment still hovers around 30 percent.

One of most ambitious efforts to help service members restart their lives has been the post-9/11 GI Bill, which offers financial aid for those soldiers who want to go back to college or a trade school.  Go to full article

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