This weekend’s 9/11 commemoration will try to rekindle the spirit of service and sacrifice following the tragic day ten years ago, and hopes are high among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan that it will help focus attention on issues such as high unemployment, benefits and post-traumatic stress. Even though President Obama focused part of his jobs speech on veterans, one way that returning soldiers are seeking enduring visibility is through pop culture, such as J.R. Martinez’s upcoming appearance as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”

On the latest W&W on the Radio, we talk to Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He was among those veterans featured in the recent Time cover story, The New Greatest Generation, which points out that the experiences of returning veterans are uniquely suited for an economy that thrives on innovation and public service.

Join Maegan Carberry, Kristen Soltis and myself for our latest show, which you can listen to here, or on the link below.

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