Caption: Spc. Lackey, Credit: Jake Warga
Image by: Jake Warga 
Spc. Lackey 

The Things They Carry: Specialist Lackey

From: Jake Warga
Series: The Things They Carry: U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan
Length: 03:03

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Part of a series that asks U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan what they have to carry around with them every day—from the physical to the emotional...

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A soldier’s personal experience of serving in Afghanistan through what they have to carry—from the physical to the emotional: The helmets, the guns, the reminders of home, the hardships of deployment, things they brought with them, the things they will leave behind.

And the memories they will have to carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Inspired by Tim O'Brien's Pulitzer-nominated book “The Things They Carried”

The series offers a larger look at what America, as a nation, will have from its longest running war.

This production is part of the Global Story Project, with support from the Open Society Foundations. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

Piece Description

A soldier’s personal experience of serving in Afghanistan through what they have to carry—from the physical to the emotional: The helmets, the guns, the reminders of home, the hardships of deployment, things they brought with them, the things they will leave behind.

And the memories they will have to carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Inspired by Tim O'Brien's Pulitzer-nominated book “The Things They Carried”

The series offers a larger look at what America, as a nation, will have from its longest running war.

This production is part of the Global Story Project, with support from the Open Society Foundations. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Tim O’Brien’s book “The Things They Carried” explored what US soldiers serving in Vietnam had to carry around with them, from the actual items like weapons and tools to the often heavier weight of emotions and memories. The U.S. has been in Afghanistan for more than 12yrs, our nation's longest running war (((longer than ground troops in Vietnam where technically we 'participated' for 19yrs))). (All this week) as part of the PRX Global Story Project we’ll be hearing from US soldiers: what they carry with them in the battle field, and what they’ll have to carry home.
Today we hear from Secialist Lackey, a 21year-old bomb tech...think "Hurt Locker"

OUTRO:

This production is part of the Global Story Project, with support from the Open Society Foundations. Presented by PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.