American veteran: how “The Reaper” made peace with the consequences of war

In commemoration of Veterans Day, the American Homefront Project collaborated with the PBS documentary series American Veteran and the associated podcast, American Veteran: Unforgettable Stories, to profile the men and women who have served in the military. American.


Sgt. Nick Irving made a name for himself as a special ops sniper in the 3rd Army Ranger Battalion. He deployed six times to Iraq and Afghanistan, earning a reputation as one of the deadliest Army Rangers in military history.

“Our task set is very focused,” recalls Irving. “We have a list of guys, bad guys, that we have to kill or capture, and we don’t stop until we take as many off that list as possible.”

But once he left the war zones, civilian life was much less straightforward. Irving explained how he found his calling in the military and beyond.


Nick Irving was recorded by Insignia Films for GBH.

This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a collaboration with public media that reports on American military life and veterans.

Funding for the US Homefront project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

American Veteran funding was provided by the Wexner Family Charitable Fund, Battelle, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Analog Devices.

Copyright 2021 North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC

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