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Sebastian Junger '84 Joins Returning Soldiers on Adventure Trips

December 13, 2011 / Friendly URL: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20111213-sebastian-junger

[Sebastian Junger ’92]ABC Nightline reports that war correspondent Sebastian Junger ’84 has partnered with Outward Bound for Veterans to help soldiers adjust to civilian life.

“The Korengal Valley is one of the deadliest outposts in Afghanistan and there are countless ways to die out there—being pinned down by enemy fire in the deep valleys, roadside bombs or mortar attacks, just to name a few.

“But for the soldiers who make it back home, the absence of the men from their unit soon becomes a ghostly presence in their lives and surviving the war almost seems easier than readjusting to their old lives.

“War correspondent Sebastian Junger was embedded with the 173rd Airborne in the Korengal Valley in 2007 while on assignment for ‘Nightline.’ His stunning footage became his Oscar-winning documentary, ‘Restrepo.’ Since then, Junger has partnered with an organization called Outward Bound for Veterans, designed to help returning warriors come to terms with civilian life.”

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