The war at home

Veterans Day 2007

For more than six years, America has been at war.

Soldiers have returned home from combat. Recruits have signed up to fight. And others have stayed behind to be the messengers when one falls.

For many, the effects of the war have been felt most at the gas pump. It has helped elect politicians, kept the national deficit growing and increased the ties between the world of academics and the institution of the military.

Children have folded flags for soldiers. Motorcyclists, many veterans among them, have stood guard as families mourn. And others spend every Saturday at noon protesting the war.

For families of soldiers, the impact is far greater: a yearlong absence from a parent, spouse or child. For the unfortunate, it is a lifetime of separation.

For Veterans Day 2007, the Journal-World takes a look at how the war has touched us all.