Smoke rises from the Trade Ministry in Baghdad after it was hit by a missile during US-led attacks, March 20, 2003.

An Iraq vet grapples with lingering toll of war


Former US Army Sgt. Kayla Williams, who is currently a senior policy researcher at RAND Corporation, was among the 160,000 coalition troops who were deployed for the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Now, 20 years later, she reflects on her experiences with The World’s host Marco Werman.

Army veteran Hector Barajas

These deported vets risked their lives for the US. Now, they struggle to return.

Isaura Ramirez

From open fire to open mic: Comic and war vet Isaura Ramirez makes the transition

Brandon Ladner. Pelham, Alabama. Ladner's Marine Corps boots sit on a small shelf in his bedroom. Ladner was a US Marine Corps vereran who fought in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. He shot himself inside his living room, and thee bullet remains lodged in

The things they carried: War photographer marks last steps of vets at home

Jason Torres and Daniel Fienco, "I Was There" participants, line up a shot for their film "What's Really Important"

The grandson of ‘Old Blood and Guts’ makes film, not war

Patrick Provis reunited with Alex Cary (left)

Wounded vet discovers soldier who saved his life decades earlier (and now is a producer of ‘Homeland’)


A new BBC show, The Gift, reunites people with those who once had a dramatic impact on their lives. Here’s the story of a limbless British veteran and his quest to find the man who saved his life. It turns out his rescuer is now an Emmy-winning Hollywood producer.

Brian Williams

Will several days off air stop the Brian Williams scandal?


His announcement Saturday came after anger that Williams had, as he put it, “misremembered” being under attack in a military helicopter the Iraq War in 2003. The attack on his chopper didn’t happen, he said last week. and he has apologized to veterans over his earlier account.

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen visits Camp Shaheen outside Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan, where German troops are stationed.

Here’s what Germany can teach Americans about supporting the troops


In Germany, even saying you’re a “veteran” is controversial — even disdained. But a former German soldier says that while Germans don’t visibly dote on their troops like Americans, they make up for it with the kinds of benefits American soldiers sometimes lack.

U.S. Army soldiers carry a large U.S. flag as they march in the Veterans Day parade on 5th Avenue in New York November 11, 2014.

Should deported veterans get benefits from the military? Here’s what some vets say


On Veterans Day, The World spoke to Hector Barajas, a veteran — born in Mexico, raised in California — who had been deported after serving. We reached out to our network of veterans, who offered their opinions on deported vets.

Servicemen from the US military take an oath during a naturalization ceremony at the Al-Faw Palace in Baghdad's Camp Victory on July 4, 2011.

Some American veterans get kicked out of the country they served


Not everybody who serves in the US military is actually an American citizen, but many of them were told they would receive citizenship if they served. Instead, thousands have been deported from the country they say is their real home after committing even minor crimes.