Lt. Col. Jody Nelson is on her second tour of duty in Afghanistan. She’s responsible for more than 750 troops and is working daily with Afghans in an attempt to bring security to her area. Also in this show: Teaching Doctors In Iraq And Afghanistan
When Joshua Bertelson first spoke with Dick Gordon, he was 9 years old. His dad, an Army medic, had just been sent to Iraq for the second time. According to a Pentagon study, nearly 180,000 children have a parent serving overseas.
Abdi Iftin, a regular diarist on The Story, tells of his mother and sister’s situation in Somalia as they try to survive the famine and fighting. People are moving back to the capital city, Mogadishu, despite the conflict there, because it is the only place they have hope of getting food. Abdi recalls that in 1992, there was another drought and famine and his baby sister died.
In the early morning hours of August 22, 1971, Father Michael Doyle and 27 other mostly Catholic priests and lay people were caught destroying draft records inside the federal courthouse in Camden, N.J. It was an act of nonviolent civil disobedience to protest what Father Doyle and the others considered the immoral war in Vietnam. Also in this episode: Grandma gets the lead out.
We've been following Al-Ghizzawi, a Guantanamo detainee, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman. Al-Ghizzawi was a shopkeeper who was picked up in Afghanistan and turned over to the U.S. for a bounty. Now after eight years in Guantanamo, he is a free man. Also in this episode, Ahmed's Diary and diabetes researcher Ed Damiano.
More U.S. troops may soon be headed to Afghanistan under President Obama's new top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Marine Sgt. Nicholas Fagerquist has just returned from there. Nick says the situation on the ground is tough: Over their seven-month deployment, his unit lost 12 Marines to IEDs and firefights. Nick is proud to have brought all of the Marines he led home safely. He's also proud of the work he did training Afghan National Police recruits in a remote area.
We hear two dispatches from U.S. Military Camp Buehring. Chaplain Matt Stewart describes a wall of photographs of the fallen, which he visits on Memorial Day to look for soldiers who have died. Also: tank mechanic Sgt. Roberto Abelardo witnessed the Twin Towers falling on 9-11 and decided to enlist.