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Afghan Soldier With A Military Line Back To U.S. Civil War Discusses Afghanistan Deployment, Return

Sgt. Samuel Braun (left) was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014.
Courtesy of Samuel Braun
Sgt. Samuel Braun (left) was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014.

While he's glad the war with Afghanistan is coming to a close, one soldier worries about the democracy and people the U.S. troops leave behind.

Sgt. Samuel Braun of Ainsworth left active duty military in 2015, but there's part of him that still misses it.

"I had a couple of guys telling me ‘You’ll want to go back. You’ll want to get back in,’ ” he said “And you do.”

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer continues a series of conversations with Iowa veterans of Afghanistan. Braun was deployed with the Army to Afghanistan in 2014. He said it wasn't the job he loved as much as the people he did the job with.

“Do I miss waking up at five in the morning throwing on all your equipment and going and walking twelve miles, you know, and you have 3 hours to do it … whether that is in heat or snow? Do I miss that? No," he said. "But do I miss sitting around with my buddies cleaning our weapons and doing whatever? Yeah. Stuff like that that you do end up missing some of that."


  • Sgt. Samuel Braun of Ainsworth, a combat veteran of the U.S. war in Afghanistan
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Zachary Oren Smith is a reporter covering Eastern Iowa