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        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clips

        The United States has been at war in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost the entire lives of students in high school or college today. Those who have never been to war must base their impressions of it largely on the stories told in movies, television, music and books. Hearing first-hand testimonials of war and considering how they compare to the media’s depictions can be valuable, especially at a time in students’ lives when many may be seriously considering whether to pursue or eschew a military career. This lesson is designed to help students develop a critical awareness of the sources of our ideas about war and what it’s like to be a service member who went to war.

        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clip 1

        A service member describes killing a man who was just 25 meters away, and not knowing whether the man was actually an enemy or merely a guy “in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

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        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clip 2

        A service member describes riding in a truck that hit a child and wonders what he would have done if he had been driving.

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        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clip 3

        A service member describes the death of the guy next to him in a battle.

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        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clip 4

        A service member describes being blinded by an explosion, hearing screaming and then realizing he was the one screaming. He then describes telling his mother that he had lost his vision.

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        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clip 5

        A service member recalls what he was thinking as he was lying on the ground, staring at the sky after being hit by a mortar.

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        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clip 6

        The service member graphically describes processing a truckload of bodies and how, in order to preserve his sanity, he had to stop seeing them as people with friends and wives and children.

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        Of Men and War Lesson Plan Clip 7

        A service member and his wife describe what it’s been like since he’s returned home from war.

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