Afghanistan

Musadiq Bidar (CBS)

Concord Man From Afghanistan Survives Taliban War, Refugee Desperation To Graduate From College

After surviving war in his homeland as a boy along with years as a refugee in hopeless conditions, a young Afghan man whose family resettled in Concord has graduated from college and is now setting his sights even higher.

07/07/2015

(photo courtesy Operation Surf/ Amazing Surf Adventures)

Santa Cruz Surfing Program Connects Troubled Veterans, Saves Lives

A Santa Cruz surfing program connects wounded and troubled veterans, who may be suicidal or suffering from PTSD, to not only one another, but to nature’s gnarly waves.

04/22/2015

Iraq War veteran Mike Ergo showed off his tattoo as part of the "War Ink" project. (CBS)

Bay Area Project Helps Veterans Share War Stories Through Their Tattoos

As communities hold parades and lay wreaths this Veterans’ Day to honor men and women in uniform, some returning vets are taking off their shirts to reveal their war stories in the form of tattoos.

11/11/2014

19-year-old Jeremy Scott of Martinez reunites with his family at SFO on August 15, 2014, following a tour in Afghanistan. (USO / Bay City News Service)

19-Year-Old Martinez Soldier Returns From Afghanistan To Emotional Welcome

A 19-year-old soldier is headed home to Martinez on Friday afternoon after returning from a tour in Afghanistan.

08/15/2014

President Barack Obama Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, May 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. On Sunday, President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops at Bagram Air Field. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President Obama To Keep 9,800 U.S. Troops In Afghanistan After War Ends

President Barack Obama says he will seek to bring the U.S. force in Afghanistan down to 9,800 as the American combat mission ends later this year. He then intends to withdraw most those forces by the end of 2016.

05/27/2014

President Obama made a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field  in Afghanistan on May 25, 2014. (Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

In Surprise Visit To Afghanistan, Obama Pledges U.S. Will Leave By Year End

On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to bring America’s longest war to a “responsible end” by the close of the year.

05/25/2014

An open air pit used to burn trash at a base in Iraq. (Gwen Chiaramonte)

Veterans Returning Home From Iraq, Afghanistan Point To Open Air Burn Pits As New ‘Agent Orange’

Hundreds of veterans coming back from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are falling ill and many are dying of what’s being called the new “Agent Orange”: open air burn pits.

05/20/2014

Alexander Yohn has been charged with murder in a crash that killed 23-year-old Andrew Silva near Fremont Blvd. and Decoto Road in Fremont on March 25, 2014. (Fremont Police Department)

Suspect Charged With Murder In Fremont Motorcycle Crash That Killed Marine

An Emeryville man was charged with murder Thursday for a crash in Fremont early Tuesday morning that killed 23-year-old Andrew Silva of Union City, a U.S. Marine who had recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

03/27/2014

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a suspected drunk driver in Fremont. (CBS)

Veteran Killed In Fremont Motorcycle Crash; Suspected DUI Driver Arrested

A motorcyclist who was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver in Fremont early Tuesday morning has been identified as a 23-year-old U.S. Marine who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, authorities said.

03/25/2014

Rob Jones, a Marine veteran and double amputee, rode his bicycle through San Francisco as part of a nationwide ride on March 25, 2014. (CBS)

Veteran, Amputee On Nationwide Bike Ride Makes Bay Area Stop

A Marine who lost both legs fighting in Afghanistan made a stop in the Bay Area on Tuesday, as part of a nationwide bike ride for charity.

03/25/2014

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