Iraq War

Up to Date
10:54 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Private Contractors Dominate Middle East War Zones

Ann Hagedorn is the author of 'The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security.'

When you think of Iraq and Afghanistan, you think of American soldiers in uniform, but what may surprise you is how many private contractors are there too. In recent years, the ratio of contractors to  uniformed soldiers has been 10 to one.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with a journalist about the increase in these forces and why relying on them so much might not be a good idea.

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Government
8:03 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Iraq War Veteran Tomas Young Signs Off With 'Last Letter'

Tomas Young and Claudy Cuellar at home
Frank Morris KCUR

Nearly two million active duty U.S. servicemen and women are due back home by the end of this year. Many have struggled to reintegrate, but few more profoundly, or more publicly, than Tomas Young of Kansas City.   Young now says he’s ready to take his own life, but not before making one more stand against the war that wrecked his body. 

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