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War Stories from Ward 7-D

Received a 2007 duPont-Columbia University Award winner in broadcast journalism

This sobering report on the range of brain injuries caused by Improvised Explosive Devices in Iraq focuses on four soldiers (one of which is Eric) recovering at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto. The reporting team gained intimate access to patients, portraying the physical and sometimes invisible neurological traumas they sustained from IEDs. The program reveals that Traumatic Brain Injuries are more prevalent in Iraq than expected and harder to diagnose. Because of the nature of insurgency warfare, brain injuries have become the signature injury of the Iraq conflict.

War stories from Ward 7-D was filmed in 2006 by California Connected, a television newsmagazine. California Connected was co-produced by the following four PBS stations: KCET in Los Angeles, KQED in San Francisco, KVIE in Sacramento, and KPBS in San Diego. The program was cancelled in 2007 due to a lack of funding.