When a situation is extremely difficult, often one keeps filming. It’s not possible to take on board entirely what’s going on. When it comes back to you — when it really sinks in — is when you have quiet time afterwards. Then you can reflect on what’s happened. That may be a ten-minute break in a firefight, or it may be on the long walk home.
Resources for War & Civil Conflict
Jon Alpert is an award-winning reporter and documentary filmmaker whose recent work includes "Baghdad ER" and "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq," directed and filmed with Matthew O'Neill for HBO. Alpert is also a co-founder and co-director of the Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV).
From catastrophic physical injuries to the invisible wounds of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, the Iraq war has exerted a heavy toll on hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops. At a recent Dart Center event at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, four pioneers in reporting the human impact of the Iraq War discussed the challenges of reporting on these veterans.
The U.S. military is sending troops with serious psychological problems into Iraq and is keeping soldiers in combat even after superiors have been alerted to suicide warnings and other signs of mental illness, a Courant investigation has found. Originally published in the Hartford Courant, May 2006.
A brief history of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, from its origin during the American Revolutionary War in 1776 through today.