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My brother, the Marine, pulls off surprise our family will never forget

In Afghanistan, family, Kentucky, my life, photography, war on September 3, 2011 at 9:00 am


My brother, Dustin, was 12 years old on Sept. 11, 2001.

He was in seventh grade, with shelves of Hot Wheels cars, an amateur drum set and University of Kentucky curtains in his room.

Now he’s a corporal in the Marine Corps, just home from fighting in a war that started before he could get into PG-13 movies.

While I have mixed feelings about the war, they do not waver when it comes to my brother.

On Thursday, Dustin came home a day early after spending eight months in Afghanistan — his second tour — to surprise my parents.

They were expecting to pick him up at the airport Friday and had come to a local bar to sign a Welcome Home banner and to plan a surprise party for him on Saturday.

Or so they thought. Read the rest of this entry »

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Must-read stories for any journalist … and American

In Afghanistan, commentary, family, journalism, Kentucky, narrative, photography, storytelling, war on August 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I just finished part two of The Virginian-Pilot’s five-day series on the NATO hospital at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

Wow. Just … wow.

I rarely cry when I read news stories or even fiction, and this has me tearing up. Writer Corinne Reilly brings the reader into the hospital — which gets some of the worst casualties in Afghanistan — into some of the most heart-wrenching moments a human can endure.

And then the photos, by Ross Taylor, really bring it all to life.

Both aspects are beyond superb and show the power and importance that journalism when done well can have.

Here’s how Reilly begins part one: Read the rest of this entry »