"In 2008, Congress passed a law allowing up to 5,000 Iraqis who’d worked with Americans to come to the U.S. with their families as refugees each year. But the process of issuing visas has been slow. In no year has the number exceeded 1,500. And, since 2009, it’s been falling."
Thousands of Iraqis Who Helped Americans in War Caught in Visa Holdup

"In 2008, Congress passed a law allowing up to 5,000 Iraqis who’d worked with Americans to come to the U.S. with their families as refugees each year. But the process of issuing visas has been slow. In no year has the number exceeded 1,500. And, since 2009, it’s been falling."

Thousands of Iraqis Who Helped Americans in War Caught in Visa Holdup

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"…Oftentimes, the only acknowledgment I get is somebody handing me a handshake and saying, "Thank you for your service."
And I personally feel, if you are really grateful, go do something for a vet. Go volunteer for a charity. Go start one. Go help in some capacity.”
Four Iraq war veterans share their experiences and reflect on the personal impact of the nine-year war.

"…Oftentimes, the only acknowledgment I get is somebody handing me a handshake and saying, "Thank you for your service."

And I personally feel, if you are really grateful, go do something for a vet. Go volunteer for a charity. Go start one. Go help in some capacity.”

Four Iraq war veterans share their experiences and reflect on the personal impact of the nine-year war.

Several thousand Iraqis, including many who helped the United States during the Iraq war, are caught in a grim race between death threats in their own country and the cumbersome process of obtaining a visa.
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(PHOTO: An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers in Al-Hamdaniya district, Iraq. Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images.)

Several thousand Iraqis, including many who helped the United States during the Iraq war, are caught in a grim race between death threats in their own country and the cumbersome process of obtaining a visa.

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(PHOTO: An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers in Al-Hamdaniya district, Iraq. Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images.)

35 percent of Afghans think their country is on the wrong track.
A survey asking Afghans about the future of their country suggests there’s a long way to go.
(PHOTO: Women surveying in North East Badakhshan, Afghanistan. Courtesy of The Asia Foundation.)

35 percent of Afghans think their country is on the wrong track.

A survey asking Afghans about the future of their country suggests there’s a long way to go.

(PHOTO: Women surveying in North East Badakhshan, Afghanistan. Courtesy of The Asia Foundation.)


"We didn’t think we had changed. We thought we were back from war and we  were good to go,"

—24-year-old combat veteran Dominic Fredianelli.
Go watch “Where Soldiers Come From” for a look at how intricately war is interwoven into the experience of small communities across the country.
Full video
Interview with the director and two of the soldiers from the film

"We didn’t think we had changed. We thought we were back from war and we were good to go,"

—24-year-old combat veteran Dominic Fredianelli.

Go watch “Where Soldiers Come From” for a look at how intricately war is interwoven into the experience of small communities across the country.

Full video

Interview with the director and two of the soldiers from the film

Share personal stories about people you know who have served in the military for Veterans Day (11/11/11) and be featured on this map via KPCC.

Share personal stories about people you know who have served in the military for Veterans Day (11/11/11) and be featured on this map via KPCC.

"Our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays," President Obama said today when announcing a complete troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year.

Here’s the video if you missed it.

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The war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago today.

(Photo: Sgt. Joseph Krause and fellow soldiers return to Fort Carson, Colorado, on June 15, 2011, after serving in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES)

The war in Afghanistan began 10 years ago today.

(Photo: Sgt. Joseph Krause and fellow soldiers return to Fort Carson, Colorado, on June 15, 2011, after serving in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province. JOHN MOORE/GETTY IMAGES)

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Marine presented Medal of Honor by President Obama

Former active duty Marine Corps Corporal Dakota Meyer is presented with the Medal of Honor by U.S. President Barack Obama during an East Room ceremony, Sept. 15, 2011, at the White House in Washington, DC.

Corporal Meyer received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a member of Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 8, 2009, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Jim Lehrer interviewed outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his four-and-a-half years as defense secretary, overseeing two wars and being the top presidential adviser on defense policy.
Watch the interview here tell us what you think.

UPDATED Thursday at 6:15 p.m.: 

Jim Lehrer interviewed outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his four-and-a-half years as defense secretary, overseeing two wars and being the top presidential adviser on defense policy.

Watch the interview here tell us what you think.