The all-volunteer military is a relatively isolated sector of the United States population, and many Americans have no direct connections to military veterans or to the daily conduct of ongoing deployments. We believe that veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan know many stories that have yet to be told. AC:TVP provides an opportunity to share those experiences anonymously.
The website is an extension of a project first begun as After Combat, a book that collected stories from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan told from the perspective of veterans deployed during the “war on terror.”
Marian Eide teaches at Texas A&M University. Her research and teaching address twentieth-century and contemporary narrative with a particular focus on ethics and war. She is the author of Ethical Joyce and Terrible Beauty.
Michael Gibler served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for twenty-eight years. His assignments included Airborne, Air Assault, and Light and Stryker Infantry Units; he participated in Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Sheild/Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.