U.S. troops were officially pulled out of Iraq at the end of last year, though thousands remain. After nearly ten years of fighting in Iraq, the war is coming under scrutiny at UW-Oshkosh. The school is hosting a symposium, along with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
It's called the "Iraq War in Retrospect." UW Oshkosh is hosting the symposium Saturday, with help from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Museum Director Michael Telzrow says it does seem a bit early to be looking back on the war...but adds that today's soldier is able to share his or her experiences via skype or emails. He says it's much immediate than previous veterans who had to communicate via letters.
"Certainly for us as an institution that captures those stories immediacy is a good thing," he says. "We want to communicate with those people right when they get back, particularly the oral history project we have here."
One panel discussion features eight Iraq veterans, six of whom are current UW Oshkosh students.
"They find themselves in a classroom months after they returned from armed combat. It's a real challenge for them and a real transition. That's what makes this day and age different from past times. So this symposium is a great thing to get people together to talk about these challenges."
The featured speaker is a reporter who has covered the war from the start: Dexter Filkins who also authored "The Forever War." The symposium is open to the public.