New Book Features First-Hand Veterans’ Stories from Those Who Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom

20/20: The Iraq and Afghanistan Narratives. 20 veterans. 20 stories. 1 book.

BOSTON, MA – October 10, 2015 – From 2001 through today over 2.5 million men and women have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Too often, however, the personal stories of our armed forces go unheard. Author and educator, Jonathan Pickering, is breaking this silence by announcing the upcoming release of his first major work – 20/20: The Iraq and Afghanistan Narratives ( - a collection of stories that detail the hardships and triumphs endured by America's veterans throughout its two longest wars.

The book will be released for both Kindle and on-demand print services via on November 1, 2015. Half of the proceeds from the book will be donated to reputable veterans’ organizations.

Advanced copies of the book are available to press and media upon request. All others can sign up for a release reminder here.

Life-long Boston-area resident, Jonathan Pickering, began this project in an effort to bridge the ever-widening gap between soldier and civilian in the United States. “20/20: The Iraq and Afghanistan Narratives is a retrospective of America’s most recent wars told through twenty oral histories from a cross section of veterans who served on the front lines of Operation Iraqi Freedom and/or Operation Enduring Freedom. These tales come “from the horse’s mouth” and explain the many physical and emotional highs and lows of life in the combat zone and after.” The book contains topics related to:

  • Battling insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan

  • Surviving IED blasts and suicide bombers

  • Struggling to get help through the Veterans’ Affairs System

  • PTSD, depression, suicide, and other physical and mental health issues

  • Losing a battle buddy and friendly fire

  • Struggling to keep families together during and after deployment

  • Trying to come to terms with some of the darker aspects of war, different cultures, what it means to be a soldier, and more

For a sample chapter of the book visit

Pickering hopes the book will shed light on these often overlooked conflicts and their effects on our country and others.

“It's strange how, after 9/11, we have such an adoration for anyone in uniform. Yet, the American people, as a whole, largely don't understand just what went on during these wars and what it took to fight them – the sacrifices, the carnage, the impact on troops and the countries we invaded,” Pickering explained. “We rarely hear anything from the millions that served in these conflicts, and even less about what stays with them from their service and the troubles they face once they return home.

It is our job as Americans to understand just what our country has put our men and women in uniform through, as well as the effect these wars have on other countries, so that we may better assess who we are as a nation and what it means to go to war.”

Rachel Fay