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The Things They Carry: U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan

Series produced by Jake Warga

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Image by: Jake Warga 

A series asking U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan what they have to carry around with them every day—from the physical to the emotional.

Inspired by Tim O’Brien’s Pulitzer-nominated book “The Things They Carried” this series asks U.S. soldiers serving in Afghanistan what they have to carry around with them—from the physical to the emotional: The helmets, the guns, the reminders of home, the experiences 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.

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


5 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Spc. Lackey, Credit: Jake Warga
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 emotion...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, XRAY.fm, KKWE Niijii Radio, KHNS, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:03
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Corporal Dan Elenhof, Credit: Jake Warga
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 emotion...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KZYX, XRAY.fm, KKWE Niijii Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:19
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Cpt. Jason Pace, Credit: Jake Warga
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 emotion...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KZYX, XRAY.fm, KKWE Niijii Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 02:49
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Staff Sergeant Christen Cohen, Credit: Jake Warga
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 emotion...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KZYX, XRAY.fm, KKWE Niijii Radio, KHNS and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 02:34
  • Purchases: 13
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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 emotion...

Bought by KKWE Niijii Radio, KZYX, XRAY.fm, KKWE Niijii Radio, KHNS and more


  • Added: Feb 22, 2013
  • Length: 02:49
  • Purchases: 10