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Murl Riedel, Speaker

Fiscal analyst and retired major from the Kansas Army National Guard

A New Generation of Veterans: Stories From Iraq and Afghanistan

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan gave rise to a new generation of veterans. They challenged society’s traditional notions of military services and raised questions about the role of the US in global conflicts. Soldiers from Kansas were some of the first deployed to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. They returned again and again, yet their stories remain largely untold. Modern communication platforms connected these veterans to family and friends instantaneously but left little written record for future generations. This talk reviews key events of America’s longest war to date and discusses methods to collect and share these stories from American veterans. 

Contact Murl directly about speaking at your event:
(785) 207-0503

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