Afghan vet: ‘What have we ended up with at the end of it?’


              The names of servicemen who died when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in 2011 in Afghanistan are seen on a liquor bottle displayed by U.S. Army veteran Andrew Brennan, 36, in his home in Baltimore, on June 30, 2021. The former Army captain who flew combat missions in Afghanistan lost one of his closest friends, pilot Bryan Nichols, who was killed along with the entire crew when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in 2011, killing 30 Americans, seven Afghan soldiers and one interpreter. It was the single deadliest day for U.S. troops during the war. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              U.S. Marine veteran Jennifer Brofer poses for a picture outside her apartment in Los Angeles on June 30, 2021. Brofer will never forget the loud, popping noise. It was on a hot July afternoon in 2010 when her convoy rolled over an IED on a road in Helmand Province four months into her deployment to Afghanistan. Her heart froze as she and her fellow Marines stopped and realized what had occurred. But what followed were only the sounds of daily life. Brofer, 38, who now works in the film industry in Hollywood, said she feels proud to have served "shoulder-to-shoulder with my male marine counterparts" in a time of war. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
            
              U.S. Army veteran Andrew Brennan, 36, poses for a photo near a display with a UH-60 Black Hawk in his home in Baltimore on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The former Army captain who flew combat missions in Afghanistan lost one of his closest friends, pilot Bryan Nichols, who was killed along with the entire crew when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in 2011, killing 30 Americans, seven Afghan soldiers and one interpreter. It was the single deadliest day for U.S. troops during the war. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
            
              In this June 30, 2021, photo, Los Angeles-based producer, actress and Marine Corps veteran Jennifer Brofer poses for a picture outside her apartment in Los Angeles. Brofer will never forget the loud, popping noise. It was on a hot July afternoon in 2010 when her convoy rolled over an IED on a road in Helmand Province four months into her deployment to Afghanistan. Her heart froze as she and her fellow Marines stopped and realized what had occurred. But what followed were only the sounds of daily life. Brofer, 38, who now works in the film industry in Hollywood, said she feels proud to have served "shoulder-to-shoulder with my male marine counterparts" in a time of war. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
            
              In this June 30, 2021, Los Angeles-based producer, actress and Marine Corps veteran Jennifer Brofer poses with a vintage Voigtlander Vitessa film camera gifted by her grandfather at her apartment in Los Angeles. Brofer will never forget the loud, popping noise. It was on a hot July afternoon in 2010 when her convoy rolled over an IED on a road in Helmand Province four months into her deployment to Afghanistan. Her heart froze as she and her fellow Marines stopped and realized what had occurred. But what followed were only the sounds of daily life. Brofer, 38, who now works in the film industry in Hollywood, said she feels proud to have served "shoulder-to-shoulder with my male marine counterparts" in a time of war. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
            
              In this June 30, 2021, Los Angeles-based producer, actress and Marine Corps veteran Jennifer Brofer poses with her blog equipment at her apartment in Los Angeles. Brofer will never forget the loud, popping noise. It was on a hot July afternoon in 2010 when her convoy rolled over an IED on a road in Helmand Province four months into her deployment to Afghanistan. Her heart froze as she and her fellow Marines stopped and realized what had occurred. But what followed were only the sounds of daily life. Brofer, 38, who now works in the film industry in Hollywood, said she feels proud to have served "shoulder-to-shoulder with my male marine counterparts" in a time of war. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)