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The Coming Home Project was launched by WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil in 2011 to tell the stories of veterans in transition and the issues that matter to them and their families.

Iraq War Veterans Reflect on New Crisis

Throughout the U.S. occupation of Iraq, there was concern about what would happen to the country when combat forces left. Over the last year, militant extremists have slowly taken over the country and now President Barack Obama is weighing his options. "We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces," Obama said on Friday.

We'll check-in with local experts and veterans of the Iraq War who served in some of the areas now under the control of ISIS.

Later in the hour, we look at a new play, where an insurance company executive tries to survive the financial crisis by drawing inspiration from the explorer Ernest Shackleton.


  • Michael Zacchea - Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel and Program Manager for the Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities at the University of Connecticut School of Business
  • Roman Baca - Retired Marine Sergeant and Artistic Director of Exit12 Dance Company and Artistic Director/General Manager of the Ballet Theatre Company
  • Jeremy Pressman - Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut
  • Abdallah - Iraqi translator for the United States military
  • Joshua Ellis - Sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division at the start of the Iraq War

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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