watch a fascinating documentary on pbs about the ghost army of wwii. kept a secret for 40 years after the war, the visual artists who were recruited by the u.s. army to create a completely fake battalion are now free to talk about their service. my local affiliate even did an interview with a member of that 603rd engineer camouflage battalion.
read, from just a single issue of willow springs, some excellent work related to our brothers in arms: issue 67 features poetry from iraq veteran hugh martin and a short story from natalie sypolt about a soldier who comes home with a prosthetic arm.
from national geographic magazine, see photography from lynsey addario of a rebuilding iraq in 2011.
revisit some reports from the front lines, including ernie pyle’s “the god-damned infantry” from 1943 and the 2002 rolling stone piece from evan wright (who went on to write the book that david simon’s generation kill was based on).
check out an entire issue of the iowa review devoted to the work of u.s. veterans & active duty personnel, or the first issue of so it goes, which featured a “war and peace” theme. there are also journals which always publish literature of/about the military, including o-dark-thirty‘s the report (online) and the review (print), as well as epiphany.