Living in Iowa: Experiencing Iraq
One year after bombs first fell on Baghdad, American troops are still being deployed to Iraq. In the last year, approximately 3,500 Iowa National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers have been deployed.
Enduring personal danger, 130-degree heat, and separation from home and family, Iowans are on the frontlines. On Living in Iowa: Experiencing Iraq four Iowans share what they witnessed when they fought and worked in Iraq. A former Marine, a journalist, a peace activist, and an Army reserve soldier offer their unique perspectives on the accomplishments and challenges of our presence in Iraq. The panel includes:
Former Marine Corps Sgt. Jess Horsley who served in Iraq during the invasion.
West Des Moines Police Officer and Army Reserve soldier 1st class Scott Gass.
Des Moines Register columnist John Carlson who spent five weeks in Iraq following Iowa troops and sharing their stories.
Korean War Veteran, Bill Basinger, who spent two weeks in Iraq as a member of a Christian Peacemaker Team.