It’s been more than 11 years since the United States' war in Afghanistan began. Nearly 20,000 U.S. military men and women have come back injured from the war.
Every one of those injuries has a story behind it. Some were collected by Christine Dumaine Leche, a creative writing teacher at Austin Community College. She left her home and family to work with soldiers in Afghanistan, helping them to write about their experiences in a long and historic war.
Now she’s released a collection of soldier’s essays called Outside the Wire. Christine Leche and Andy Stock, a soldier who took her writing class, spoke to KUT’s Emily Donahue about their experiences.
Please note: Andy Stock reads one of his essays, which contains some strong language.