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Local Veterans Speaking Out About Situation in Afghanistan

United States Marine Corps

NORTHWEST INDIANA - Local Afghanistan veterans are dismayed at how quickly the country collapsed into the hands of the Taliban after the pull out of the United States.

Schererville resident Zachary Wood, who served in Marjah, Afghanistan, as a Marine in 2011, told the "Times" it was a predictable outcome.

Wood said the Afghanistan National Army had no interest in fighting for a democratic government and the Taliban take over would have happened at anytime the United States left the country.

His unit, 2nd Battalion 8th Marines, lost Cpl. Jonathan Taylor, Cpl. Ian Muller, Lance Cpl. Christopher "Steele" Meis, Staff Sgt. James Malachowski, Sgt. Joseph Garrison, Cpl. Matthew Richard, Sgt. Marlon Myrie and Cpl. Kyle Schneider.


Sharon Jackson is the local host of "All Things Considered" and a reporter for Lakeshore Public Radio. She has been with 89.1 FM since its launch in 2009. Sharon is also a radio DJ in Chicago, and has been since 2004. In her previous job at Metro Networks/Westwood One, she was heard on am 890 WLS, WGN radio 720 am and am 560 WIND. She has also delivered news and traffic reports on radio stations all over Chicago and the suburbs including 95.9 The River, 98.3 WCCQ and Star 96.7.