Tenth Anniversary of the Iraq War: The Personal Impact

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In 2003, Saddam Hussein was said to have "weapons of mass destruction." There were hints he was tied to September 11. Eighty percent of Americans supported the US invasion. Ten years later, 58 percent say it was not worth years of unexpected combat, more than $2 trillion— and the deaths of 4500 Americans and 100,000 Iraqis. Marcos Soltero always wanted to be a Marine, and enlisted when he was 17 — two months after the Twin Towers collapsed in 2001. Linda Johnson watched both her husband and her youngest son go to war. Tomorrow, we'll look at why the war is so widely perceived to have gone wrong. Today, we focus on the human consequences: veterans and families coping with injured brains and bodies. Was there ever a real welcome home?

Credits

Guests:
Steve Vogel - Washington Post - @steve_vogel, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie - District of Columbia Department of Mental Health, Stacy Bare - Iraq War veteran, Matt Gallagher - Iraqi veteran - @MattGallagher83

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg, Sonya Geis, Matt Holzman