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If you want to contact the soldiers of Second Platoon publicly, leave a
comment on their Member page or create a discussion in the Forum or Groups section of this

If you want to contact the soldiers privately, see the Contact Soldiers page.

If you want to help by sending care packages to soldiers, please coordinate with Brendan O'Byrne on his website here.


Thanks to the members who have contributed photos. The photos in this photo album were taken by Tim Hetherington.


Help me explaining what means to be a soldier

Dear all, I need your help as I am writing my thesis about war photography and how Photos depicts soldiers. I am basing my research on Sebastian's Work in the Korengal and I want to give my research…Continue

Tags: photography, tim, sebastian, korengal, experience

Started by Nevan Solagna Sep 15.

Is anyone going to deal with the spam on this site?

Typically in the Blogs section. This forum seems to have been abandoned.Continue

Tags: spam

Started by Joe Clark Sep 12.

Can't even finish watching Restrepo 54 Replies

 WOW   It's like Disney meets war.  Are you fucking kididing me Sebastian?  As soon as I saw NatGeo in the beginning of the credits I knew.... FFS  I saw more realism on the nightly news when I was a…Continue

Started by Ellen H. Last reply by Steve Aug 25.

The Philosophy driving your work is amazing 2 Replies

I am a veteran of combat arms, but not a combat vet. I watched Restrepo with my Dad, who is a Viet Nam Vet with PTSD. My Dad wanting to show me this movie was a big deal, and I think that having seen…Continue

Started by Kaden S.. Last reply by Alice-Ashton Anderson Jul 2.



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     The cookbook Sebastian talks about in Last Patrol I have seen. My dad had one and the book was from 1930's. The HWY system wasn't here yet and dad was dating Mom and it was 8hr drive from Connellsville Pa. to Newton Falls OH. I could now drive that in 1 1/2 hrs. Different engine parts cooked at different temps so you could place a roast on one part and bake bread on another and dinner was ready when you stopped for the night. I'm 100% service related disabled vet and this is my 1st sight…See More
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Blog Posts

From Sebastian: New Byliner Story Now Available...

Read my story “Slaves of the Brothel” for the next two weeks as part of Byliner’s 14 for ‘14:

Posted by Ross Harris on January 6, 2014 at 4:11pm

More Discussions on Why Would Anyone Miss War?

Sebastian appeared on the program Talk of the Nation on National Public Radio to share his insightful thoughts on the importance of understanding why troops miss war. Read the transcript and listen to the broadcast here.

Posted by Ross Harris on July 21, 2011 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

Opinion Piece In NY Times Fuels Facebook Discussion, and More

On Sunday, July 16th, The New York Times ran Sebastian's provocative essay, Why Would Anyone Miss War? in their Review section.


Readers quickly took to the NY Times Facebook page and began commenting and posting their own opinions on the piece, and war itself. The discussion grew in intensity rather quickly; check out the conversation here (it is a public page, no Facebook login required). Feel free to engage and share your own thoughts on the article!


Also feel free to comment about it here as well, as a reply to this post.

Posted by Ross Harris on July 18, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Make a donation in memory of Tim Hetherington

The Hetherington family has named three charities where one can make donations in Tim's memory, and asked that I share them with all of you.  


Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone


Human Rights Watch


Committee to Protect Journalists


You can read a wonderful letter from Barbara Davidson at The Milton Margai school here.  


Posted by Stuart Krichevsky on May 3, 2011 at 10:30am

How to send condolences to the Hetherington Family

To All of Tim's Friends,


Below is the link to the condolences website that the Hetherington family has set up.  You can post comments and in a few days learn about how to donate to the charitable organization they are establishing in Tim's memory.

And thanks to all of who posted their warm condolences here.   I think I can speak for all of us who were close to Tim when I say we are most grateful for the outpouring of support, and the admiration of Tim's work.

Posted by Stuart Krichevsky on April 25, 2011 at 11:00am

Sebastian Remembers Tim Hetherington

Vanity Fair has just posted this heartfelt piece by Sebastian Junger on the death of his dear friend Tim. I can't imagine a more moving tribute. Please share it with friends who knew & loved Tim, or were touched by his life & work. 


Posted by Stuart Krichevsky on April 21, 2011 at 10:00pm — 8 Comments


Welcome to my community website. This is a place for civilians, soldiers, veterans, and military families to discuss all aspects of the war in Afghanistan. I’m hoping that people can find the support they need, the answers they’ve been looking for or maybe even questions they haven’t thought of yet on this site.

Connect with me on Facebook or twitter or on my members page on this site.

I'm currently traveling around the country promoting the book but I check in often and will try to respond as quickly as possible. Thanks for your support.

You can pre-order the book here.

Best wishes,

Sebastian Junger

Farewell to Korengal - Op Ed in the New York Times

Here is a link to my New York Times Op-Ed piece "Farewell to Korengal" on the United States pulling out of the Korengal Valley. Anyone who leaves a comment on the article on my Facebook page will receive an early first chapter excerpt of WAR and be entered to win two tickets to the 92 St. Y event that I'm doing on Thursday, May 13th with two soldiers, Tom Hunter and Brendan O’Bryne, both of whom served in the Korengal Valley.

Link to NYT Op-Ed here.

"War of Emotion" - cover story in Publisher's Weekly

Thanks to Michael Coffey for the terrific author profile, "War of Emotion," the cover story in the current issue of Publisher's Weekly.

Link to PW here.



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