The Forever Soldiers: Americans at War in Afghanistan and Iraq
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This presentation will focus on those who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq (and continue to do so). Unlike their predecessors in Vietnam, they were all volunteers and many were members of the Reserve and National Guard units including significantly larger numbers of women. There were also substantial numbers of civilian contractors who did everything from providing security to driving supplies over the dangerous roads. The presentation will ask questions such as why people fought, what was their experience like, and how they reintegrated into society to determine the continuities of Americans at war over time as well as some unique characteristics.