Upfront Blog What we owe our veterans, and ourselves

No matter what they face on the battlefield, warriors often find that their toughest fight comes afterwards. 

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When Scott Peterson embedded with the marines in Raider Platoon in 2004, they couldn’t understand why he would agree to go weaponless with them into what they knew would be extremely dangerous house-to-house combat in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. They offered him an M-16 assault rifle. No thanks. At least a pistol? Still no. He was a witness, a journalist carrying cameras and a notebook.

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