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The United States has been at war since October 7th, 2001. But what have we been doing for almost 20 years? I sit down with recent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as others who served and shaped our military in the post 9/11 era.

The Long War Interviews Chris Martin

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The United States has been at war since October 7th, 2001. But what have we been doing for almost 20 years? I sit down with recent veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as others who served and shaped our military in the post 9/11 era.

    *Long War Interviews Update*

    *Long War Interviews Update*

    Hey everyone, just a quick update on the show and a big Happy Veterans' Day to all my fellow vets out there. 

    Also, here are the links to my book, Chasing Alexander: A Marine's Journey Across Iraq and Afghanistan

    https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Alexander-Marines-Journey-Afghanistan-ebook/dp/B098JWHJLV

    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chasing-alexander-christopher-martin/1139775998?ean=9781737259817

    https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781737259817

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    15 - Myles Hennessey

    15 - Myles Hennessey

    For today's episode, I sat down with Myles Hennessey, who was both an enlisted soldier and a commissioned officer in the US army. We talked about both of his tours to Iraq, as well as the mindset it takes to go from being enlisted to being an officer. He's an incredibly humble and interesting guy. 

    This episode supports The Independence Fund. They work with catastrophically wounded veterans and their families in a ton of ways. From political advocacy, to supplying free all-terrain wheelchairs, to supporting the caregivers and family members who support wounded veterans. The Independence Fund is an amazing organization, and if you can swing it, give them a donation. They're doing great work.

    • 46 min
    14 - Erik Armstrong

    14 - Erik Armstrong

    For this episode I talked to Erik about the 82nd Airborne, his time fighting the Iraq War and his time hopping around in the Afghanistan War. We also talked about the importance of training, good leadership, working with army Special Forces, and the differences between those two wars and those two countries. 

    This show supports local veterans' organizations. It's easy to give money to large, national groups, and call it a day, but it's much more impactful, and rewarding to work with vets in your local community. Here's a link from the VA that highlights different local, veterans service organizations across the country. Take a look, and see if there's a way you could make an impact.

    • 51 min
    13 - Michelle Murray

    13 - Michelle Murray

    For this episode, I sit down with Michelle Murray, a former soldier and veteran of OIF I, (that's Operation Iraqi Freedom phase one, or the invasion of Iraq). We talked about dealing with our Arab allies and their biased views of women, how to talk to your kids when you're a military parent, and she filled me on what happened to the famous 507th Maintenance Company.

    This episode supports the Veterans Business Association in El Paso, Texas. They support veterans in two ways. First they help veterans who own their business, or vets who are looking to start a business, with education and access to critical resources. Second, they assist vets in the community, and make sure that the business community is working to aid veterans in crisis.

    You can find out more about Michelle at her website, or listen to her interview with StoryCorps.

    • 53 min
    12 - Abe McCann

    12 - Abe McCann

    Hey everyone, this episode contains discussions of suicide bombings and things like that. If hearing stories about that isn't for you, go ahead and skip this one.

    Today I talk to Abe McCann, a former combat engineer. He discusses how the US Army started to develop standard operating procedures, or SOPs, to fight IEDs, largely based on the work that Abe and his team did. Also, he gets deep into the profound dehumanizing aspects of war.

    This episode supports Veterans 5-9. They're an Arizona based 501(c)3 that helps provide emergency assistance to veterans in a crisis. Their goal to to provide help and assistance until more formal forms of help can kick in. If you're in Arizona and you need help, hit them up. If you not in Arizona, send them a donation, they're doing incredible work.

    • 51 min
    11 - Nick Burkert

    11 - Nick Burkert

    Hey everyone, in this episode I sat down to talk to Nick Burkert, a veteran of the famous 82nd Airborne Division. He did two tours through Iraq and one in eastern Afghanistan, before finishing out his career as a recruiter. He's an incredibly honest, and open guy who talks about a lot of things most vets aren't willing to open up about. 

    • 56 min

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Hi, I’m Chris, the host of The Long War Interviews. I wanted to listen to a podcast about veterans’ experiences in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but I couldn’t find any. So, I started this one.

If you want to hear about soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines’ experiences fighting overseas, and their struggles with everything from IEDs to PTSD to being a military parent, this show is for you. Check it out.

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