What was it like to fight in the trenches in World War I? What about the jungles of Vietnam, or the deserts of Afghanistan? The Library of Congress has been collecting first-hand accounts of life on the front lines in the Veterans History Project for a decade. The war stories — collected in the form of audio and video interviews, letters and photographs — not only tell of soldiers' experiences abroad, but also relay how the wounds of the wars they fought continued to affect them for years afterwards.
Bob Patrick, director of the Veterans History Project, joins us, as does Iraq War veteran and Staff Sgt. John Jones, who fought with the Suicide Charley Company in the Seventh Battalion of the Marines. Jones, who is the executive director of the Wall Street War Fighters Foundation listens with us to hear and respond to some of our listener comments as well as stories from the Veterans History Project.