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More than eight years after the attacks of 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reverberate in ways large and small. They have transformed the U.S. Armed Forces, defined a generation of veterans, left thousands dead and wounded. Yet they have also been fought largely out of view, with fewer than one percent of Americans directly involved. And while the wars may be winding down, the after-effects are only just beginning.

This blog is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between The Washington Post and the people who live the wars everyday--soldiers, veterans, caregivers, spouses, advocates. Here, experts and everyday people can come together to talk about how the war has changed their lives. Accompanying these conversations is a series of stories by reporter Christian Davenport that, over the course of a year, will explore the impact of the wars in the Washington region, from Walter Reed to Arlington Cemetery to a local high school. Together, these stories and this blog seek to create a conversation and a community that shed some light on what the wars mean to all of us.

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By Kat Downs  |  April 16, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
 | Tags: Iraq, Iraq War, United States armed forces, Warfare and Conflict  
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