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What our veterans can teach us about citizenship, heroism and sacrifice

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"For Love of Country" by Howard Shultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran

The US has sent 2.6 million American soldiers to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other fronts.

The United States has sent 2.6 million American soldiers to Iraq, Afghanistan, and other fronts. It's a staggering number, but a sustained drop in military enlistment also means that the men and women who made the decision to serve our country have become strangers to many of us.

In the new book, "For Love of Country," authors Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran profile a number veterans to give readers an intimate portrait of the men and women in uniform.

The book is not just about their war experiences, but also about their homecomings and the contributions they make to society after their return. It shows us what veterans can teach us about becoming better citizens, better workers and better people.

Guest:

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, co-author with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz of “For Love of Country” (Knopf, 2014)

This piece is part of KPCC's ongoing coverage of issues affecting veterans for Veteran's Day 2014. See more of our coverage at KPCC.org/vets.

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