The 878 men of the First Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment who came home have struggled to come to terms with the fact that 11 did not; that 68 others suffered combat wounds; and that many more were hit with injuries less visible but with long-term effects.
(Boston Globe, 11/11/07) (Boston Globe, 11/11/07)
Part 1: Coming Home After a long tour of duty in Iraq, the first battalion 25th Marine regiment returned home.
Part 2: The Roulette Wheel Three were killed and three wounded during the longest day for the battalion.
Part 3: Moving On The Marines of "New England's Own" struggled with life back home after Iraq.
video Wreaths for the fallen
Remembering the Veterans
Hundreds of workers tend lush, green rings of balsam at the headquarters of the Worcester Wreath Co. The company, owned by Morrill Worcester, donated thousands of wreaths to decorate veterans' graves in Arlington National Cemetery. (Boston Globe, 12/9/07)
AUDIO SLIDESHOW Fighting for Vinny
Vincent Mannion's family has joined a budding movement demanding specialized care for severe brain injury in private facilities outside the military and veterans healthcare system. (Boston Globe, 9/09/07)
For years after returning from Vietnam, George Burke kept his distance and held his silence, a remote and angry presence for his family. But suddenly, survival depends on confronting something he and his son share: Both have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
(Boston Globe, 6/18/07)
(Boston Globe, 6/18/07)
Audio slideshow The Lessons of War
Lessons of war have hit home especially hard at Norwich University in Vermont. Seventy-five students and recent alumni have served in Iraq; six have died. Many coming back from combat have struggled to resume the ordinary rhythms of campus life. (Boston Globe, 5/5/07)
The Department of Veterans Affairs is struggling, and often failing, to do right by the many veterans with serious combat injuries who need supervised care but live in remote areas, a Globe review found. (Boston Globe, 4/29/07)
Chat transcript Charles Sennott discussed part two
A Globe review shows that the VA planned for a short and relatively bloodless war in Iraq, and then was slow to react when the war dragged on. (Boston Globe, 3/11/07)
Marine Private Jonathan Schulze served in Iraq and earned two Purple Hearts, but was turned away for mental health treatment at the VA. Four days later he took his own life. (Boston Globe, 2/11/07)
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