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Iraq war - Lawrence perspective

Soldiers’ Santa: Lawrence woman keeps giving to troops
December 25, 2008
A Lawrence woman has helped raise the spirit of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for five years.
After Iraq, firefighter savors taste of home
Special welcome-back dinner draws crowd of family, friends at Buck Creek School
December 21, 2008
When Charlotte Rodecap asked what her son wanted to eat after spending a year working as a firefighter in Iraq, his request was a simple one: pinto beans. It was a meal John Rodecap Jr., Lecompton, enjoyed with more than 40 of his friends and family Saturday.
Hunting trip helps vets relax, gain confidence
December 12, 2008
A Linwood family spent the week hosting and hunting with some Iraq war veterans, all in an effort to repay those who served.
Veteran salutes those now serving overseas
Troop supporters tape holiday messages
12:00 a.m., November 23, 2008 Updated 09:57 a.m.
When 88-year-old Grover Sanders heard that Sunflower Broadband’s Channel 6 was going to videotape holiday greetings for overseas troops, he wavered on whether he wanted to take part. “First I was going to do nothing, then I was going to do something, then I was going to do nothing,” he said.
TroopTube a boon to military families
November 14, 2008
Keeping in contact with soldiers serving thousands of miles away just got easier.
Deadlines coming for holiday mail to military
November 1, 2008
While the first signs of autumn are upon us, it’s not too early to start thinking about holiday cards, letters and packages destined for service members and their families stationed in faraway lands. Nov. 13 is the deadline for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) ZIP codes.
Soldier memorial grows into community courtyard
October 30, 2008
What started as a small memorial to a fallen soldier has grown into a courtyard for Tonganoxie.
Family surprises airman returning from Iraq
October 5, 2008
For the past three years, Tammy Ziesenis feels like all she’s done is wait for her son. Her cell phone was always by her side as she waited for a call. She just never knew when she’d hear from him - Sid Pastor III, 26, who was serving his third tour in Iraq in three years. “Always waiting,” she said. “Always waiting to hear. Always wanting to know that he’s okay.” His last tour had her and other family members more on edge.
Focus turns to Iraq at Dole Institute
September 30, 2008
Congress’ failure to pass an economic bailout may have dominated headlines Monday, but at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, Iraq took center stage. Famed journalist and KU alumnus Bill Kurtis hosted a courtroom-style discussion, debating the pros and cons of withdrawing American combat forces from Iraq by 2010.
Veterans want immediate troop withdrawal
September 26, 2008
They’ve been on the battle lines in Iraq - now, they’re drawing the line against the war.
Gone but not forgotten
Family grieves over slain Marine, acknowledges the virtue of following dreams
September 22, 2008
Arguments between parents and teenagers are nothing new. One Candy Wasser lost with her oldest son, Chris, during his senior year at Ottawa High School, changed their lives forever. “He wanted to be a Marine,” Wasser says. “We did our best to dissuade him. We were blunt with recruiters and insisted they avoid painting rosy pictures of war. I knew Chris was patiently and wisely tolerating us at the recruiter’s office.”
Protest reaches milestone
September 5, 2008
For 312 Saturday afternoons, one Lawrence organization has stood in protest against the Iraq war that has claimed the lives of thousands of U.S. soldiers. Members of the Lawrence Coalition for Justice and Peace have received cheers and threats in front of the Douglas County Courthouse.
Panel reflects on Iraq transition
August 25, 2008
The U.S. Army is taking a close look at the decisions made in planning and implementing the war in Iraq and what happened during the nation-building effort that followed. That process and its discoveries are outlined in a recent book, “On Point II, Transition to the New Campaign,” which was discussed Sunday at Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics.
Dole Institute’s fall schedule to begin with Iraq war update
August 19, 2008
An update on the Iraq war will kick off the Dole Institute of Politics’ fall schedule, the institute announced Tuesday.
Family preparing for wounded soldier’s return home
August 2, 2008
As Sean Humphrey sorted through his son’s personal items Friday, just shipped to Shawnee from Iraq, he was reminded of how lucky he was.