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Journalist Kevin Sites talks conflict, recovery and storytelling

War journalist Kevin Sites discusses his new book – “The Things They Cannot Say” – and personal experiences with conflict, PTSD, and the long road to recovery.

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Blogging helps Hoit adjust to life after Iraq

Kate Hoit returned from the Army to a home she barely recognized. In this video, Hoit explains how she turned to writing to help cope with family issues, a broken relationship and a civilian society she couldn’t understand.

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This project, produced by journalism students at American University, explores the experiences of young veterans as they transition from soldiers to citizens.

Word Clouds From Veteran Survey


What did you miss the most about home?
What did you miss2


Why did you enlist?
Why did you enlist in the military.


From soldier to civilian - what problems did you face?
Challenge of transitioning to civilian life


What difficulties did you face upon returning to college?
Difficulties on returning to college

Word Cloud From Non-Veteran Survey

What challenges do vets face coming home? Non-vets

Top 5 questions veterans told ‘Half the Battle’ they hate being asked:

- Did you kill anyone?
- Do you have PTSD?
- Did you see anybody die?

- Did you get shot at?

- Was it hot?



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