Honoring Those who Served:
Veterans Day 2016

November 10, 2016

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For this Veterans Day, we present a collection of transcripts, podcasts, and articles recognizing the tireless and often thankless work of the U.S. military. There are legitimate arguments about ethics and policies when it comes to war, but nobody can deny the commitment and patriotism of American soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen and airwomen and the debt that is owed to them when their service is over.

These resources highlight the life-changing and harrowing experiences of members of the military in Iraq and Afghanistan, the difficulties that veterans face back home when it comes to employment and mental health, and the important and sometimes painful conversations about the responsibility of the U.S. military. As is pointed out in several of these talks, there is an unfortunate civilian-military divide in this country and the only way to bridge this gap is through listening to veterans and active members of the armed forces and understanding their views and hardships.

Jayson Browder on a New Generation of Veteran Leaders
Jayson Browder, Veterans in Global Leadership, Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council
U.S. Air Force veteran Jayson Browder discusses his work at Veterans in Global Leadership, which helps veterans become tomorrow's leaders. He also talks about the dishearteningly low percentages of veterans at elite schools and on Capitol Hill, and No One Left Behind, which lobbies for U.S. visas for Iraqi and Afghani interpreters. (September 2016, Carnegie New Leaders podcast, audio, and transcript)

Julia Taylor Kennedy on Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce
Julia Taylor Kennedy, Center for Talent Innovation, Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council
Veterans face life-or-death challenges during their military service, but adjusting to a life in the workforce can be even trickier for some. Julia Taylor Kennedy discusses her book Mission Critical, which offers in-depth research and tangible solutions on this important and under-reported issue. (November 2015, Carnegie New Leaders podcast, audio, and transcript)

The Invisible Casualties Of America's Longest Wars
Molly O'Toole, Foreign Policy, Sylvana Rochet, Executive Coach
Did you know that one in three U.S. women veterans has been sexually assaulted? In 2013, even with about 85 percent of the assaults going unreported, they occurred at an average of more than 70 per day. Yet only about 35 percent of the reports went to court-martial proceedings. (May 2014, Carnegie New Leaders, audio, transcript, and video clips)

Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Sebastian Junger
Sebasian Junger, Author, Journalist, and Filmmaker, James Traub, Foreign Policy
Sebastian Junger knows about war from the inside: the horror and pain, the excitement and heightened awareness, and the fierce brotherhood between soldiers. In this moving conversation he talks about his life and work, and ponders on what everyone owes their country, whether they choose to fight or stay home. (March 2014, Ethics Matter series, audio, video, transcript, and TV show)

Ethics Matter: The Future of War with Andrew Exum
Andrew Exum, U.S. Department of Defense, James Traub, Foreign Policy
Andrew Exum is a scholar, author, and former U.S. Army officer. In this revealing talk, he describes, in vivid detail, his days leading platoons in Iraq and Afghanistan; insights gained while working at the Pentagon; the successes and failures of America's counterinsurgency efforts; and the growing civilian-military divide, especially in the Northeast. (December 2013, Ethics Matter series, audio, video, transcript, and TV show)

The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War
Andrew J. Bacevich, Boston University
U.S. Army veteran Andrew Bacevich argues that militarism now permeates U.S. society. These attitudes emerged in the decades after the Vietnam War, and are at odds both with U.S. interests and with its founding traditions. (April 2013, Public Affairs programs, audio, video, transcript, and TV show)

Ethics and War in Homer's Iliad
Joel Rosenthal, Carnegie Council
Carnegie Council President Joel Rosenthal asks, are the values we bring to war today really the same as they were back in the days of the warring Greeks and Trojans? Or have we evolved morally, as Steven Pinker and others believe? The evidence leads to an answer of yes and no. (March 2012, article)