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They and all who have served in American uniforms hold a revered place in history. Through their sacrifice, the United States has liberated more people from tyranny than any other nation. The U.

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‘For Love of Country’ Spotlights Veterans Contributions

Questions 1. Consider, for example, the Army Rangers ambushed in an Afghan minefield, leaving four dead. Specialist Kyle White received the Medal of Honor for his remarkable courage that day, fighting on a narrow trail amid a rain of gunfire. Another Medal of Honor winner, Sgt. Leroy Petry, was cited for heroism in another battle, lunging to grab a grenade in order to protect his men. Krissoff served in Iraq and Afghanistan. A West Point graduate named Kellie McCoy, who dealt regularly with sexist insults while serving as an engineer, showed courage and leadership when her convoy was assaulted outside Ramadi.

Two Marine guards, Jonathan Yale and Jordan Haerter, died saving the men in their compound from a truck carrying 2, pounds of explosives.

There are also accounts of veterans like those on Team Rubicon, who have come home and served in disaster-relief operations. We meet veterans, often the same ones who are helping others, who continue to suffer, sometimes seeking the cruel relief of suicide. Karen Guenther, a Marine wife, joined with others to start the Semper Fi Fund on whose board I now serve , which supports injured Marines and their families.

David Oclander is a retired Army officer who teaches and inspires in the Chicago public schools. The authors believe that the stories of these and other Iraq and Afghanistan veterans need to be as widely known as those of World War II veterans. The absence of a draft has in part led to a society largely—and disconcertingly—disconnected from the citizens it has sent to fight, Chandrasekaran says. For Love of Country is their attempt to help bridge the gap, with portrayals of the motivations, sacrifices and strengths of veterans like Bill Krissoff, a year-old surgeon who fought age limits to join the Navy after one of his sons, a Marine lieutenant, was killed in Iraq; and David Oclander, a former lieutenant colonel who turned down a lucrative post-military consulting career to help inner-city schoolkids in Chicago.

It's to try to spark a national conversation about our veterans," Chandrasekaran says. Co-authors Schultz left and Chandrasekaran. Photo: Fran Ramos-Sabugo Rodriguez.

Here you're in praise of those carrying out the polices. There was something important in illuminating the failures in the early years of the Iraq War and in the surge years in Afghanistan.

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I spent a lot of time writing about things going wrong. Part of this is perhaps a result of those projects, where I came away feeling here were a lot of good people screwed by bad decisions in Washington. I wanted to give voice to the brave men and women who went and selflessly served, who were doing what was asked of them and then some. After writing two books about failure, as an author, it's refreshing to write about heroism. I don't want to be the guy who always writes about things going wrong. The book begins with Howard Schultz, your co-author, admitting his lifelong lack of contact with members of military.

He'd never talked with someone in uniform. As a war reporter, you had a different experience. But what about growing up? The military—I'll be honest with you—was a nonexistent part of my life prior to my becoming a foreign correspondent for the Washington Post. During my college career, I didn't know anybody who served, and even when I started out at the newspaper, the stories I was covering didn't have much of a connection to foreign policy or national security issues.

I just didn't think about it. Is there a moment you can identify when you started to view the members of the military in a more personal way? Probably in early , during the first U.

Marine operation to retake Fallujah. I was essentially in Fallujah for a couple of weeks with a battalion of U.