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Ep 1: Chris Jones, Journalist Covering Afghanistan and VA

By Nate Eckman

Ep 1: Chris Jones, Journalist Covering Afghanistan and VA In this first episode, I sit down with Christopher Reed Jones. Chris is a freelance journalist that covers Afghanistan, US politics, and the VA for a variety of outlets. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Pacific Standard, USA Today, The Washington Post, and the Village Voice.  If he’s not in NYC, you can probably find him in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Chris and I talked about the trajectory of his life, from growing up in Missouri, to joining the Marine Corps after a freak car accident convinced him to turn around his life. Chris and I had a candid conversation about growing up in the Midwest and how that worldview prepared us for joining the Marines. His four month excursion on the Appalachian Trail after he left service; and his nine visits to Afghanistan since exiting service which have helped him restore himself and his relationship with that country.  Perhaps most candidly, Chris and I talk about the trappings of veteranhood and the illusion of a veteran “community.” On future episodes, Chris and I will discuss our experiences at Columbia and share resources for transitioning veterans to better understand how they too can find themselves into a school they once thought beyond their reach.  You can read more about Chris here, and read his most recent piece in the NYT here.  Below are a few of the items we discussed in this episode:  * LSP * AP Trail * Franklin, NC * Sarah Stillman * Kevin Sykes “the things they cannot say” * Columbia GS * Farshad Houssein * Andrew Bartfield * Kris Goldsmith 

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