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‘After War’ Upends the Image of the Heroic Wounded Vet

Americans soldiers severely injured in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq often face an uphill battle rebuilding their lives while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. To get a better sense of this struggle, Rice University anthropologist Zoe Wool spent a year at Walter Reed getting to know many of these soldiers and their […]

After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed Zoe Wool Book CoverAmericans soldiers severely injured in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq often face an uphill battle rebuilding their lives while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

To get a better sense of this struggle, Rice University anthropologist Zoe Wool spent a year at Walter Reed getting to know many of these soldiers and their families. Her work, which upends the notion of the heroic wounded veteran, became the book After War: The Weight of Life at Walter Reed.

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The Claim of Sacrifice: An Excerpt from Zoe Wool’s After War (Duke University Press)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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