Dec. 16 - As the U.S. military ends operations in Iraq, veterans wounded during the nine-year war discuss whether the mission was worthwhile.
(PRODUCED NATURAL SOUND REPORT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) SOUNDBITE (English) CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE, RETIRED SERGEANT, U.S. MARINE CORPS, SAYING: "I still don't feel like we finished and I don't want my brothers that have lost their lives and my sisters to be for nothing just so we can go back there in another 20 years." SOUNDBITE (English) CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE, U.S. MARINE CORPS RETIRED SERGEANT, SAYING: "Some days it'd be satisfying to believe that we were actually accomplishing a mission, you could actually see the communities turn around, actual town's people would come out and greet you and actually they would be excited to see you and you'd be able to help and that was good. And you know there were the times when they were not so good." (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE, RETIRED SERGEANT, U.S. MARINE CORPS, BRAVO COMPANY B, SAYING: "The bomb was underneath the bridge and the bridge blew up beneath me, like, actually underneath my feet, some rocks were near. So, that was that day." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARTURO WEBER, RETIRED LANCE CORPORAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, SAYING: "Honestly I think it's worth to bring freedom to another country. I don't know... we necessarily did the right thing." (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARTURO WEBER, RETIRED LANCE CORPORAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS, SAYING: "It's going to the history books. And I was part of it, think about it. And I get to tell my kids hey you know your dad was part of that."