Reserved to Fight

About This Episode


In May 2003, Fox Company of Marine Reserve Unit 2/23 returned home from combat on the front line in Iraq. Reserved To Fight follows four Marines of Fox Company through their post-war minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life. The return home and into their communities proves as formidable a battle as the more literal firefights of previous months.

They live among loved ones who don't yet understand them and how they have changed. They contend with a media focused on the politics rather than the human experience of war. And they suffer from a psychological disorder that is difficult to acknowledge. These young veterans grapple to find purpose and healing.

After the film, America ReFramed host Natasha del Toro, Huffington Post's Senior Military Correspondent David Wood and veteran Kristen L. Rouse discuss moral injury and the issues facing soldiers coming home from war.