Afghanistan

For Lucas Papineau, who joined the Vermont National Guard when he was 18 years old, farming has helped repair his relationship with his family.

Brett, who served in the Army, has brought in a small flock of sheep to start reclaiming the soil.

Sabrina and Lucas Papineau with their children, Jeremiah and Aubrey, at the Papineau Family Farm in Highgate Springs. The Papineaus say farming helped them reintegrate as a family after Lucas' deployment to Afghanistan in 2010..
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Nearly 4,000 Vermont veterans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11, and many are still dealing with the invisible wounds of the nation’s longest-running war. Some of them, however, have begun to find healing through farming.

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The highest ranking military officer in the United States says the risk in letting Afghanistan destabilize further is the possibility of more terrorist attacks against the West.

Courtesy of Peter Jennison

New Hampshire native Peter Jennison has been composing music for piano since he was 10 years old. When he joined the military as an adult and was deployed overseas as a medevac helicopter pilot, Jennison often listened to soothing music from other composers like Will Ackerman and, in his downtime, began to write his own contemporary pieces.

Bennington College

Walk into a gallery space in Bennington right now and you'll be surrounded by a thirty-five foot long curved painting of a valley in Afghanistan outside Bagram air base. The gallery is filled with sounds from the bazaar's and villages in the valley. Interviews with local Afghans hang on the walls. It's an immersive, complicated portrait of a complicated place created by an anthropologist and an artist working together as a team.