Veterans: How did your service affect your reaction to the Boston bombings?

Alison Brody
Public Insight Network
Police searching door-to-door in Watertown, Mass.

Members of a police SWAT team comb through a neighborhood in Watertown, Mass. on April 19, 2013, as they search for 19-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev. After a car chase and shoot out with police earlier in the day, the other suspect in the bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was shot and killed by police. (Photo by Spencer Platt | Getty Images)

Explosions in the streets. House-to-house searches. Snipers placed on rooftops. For those who’ve seen combat overseas, these things may be familiar, but seeing them out their own window back home is not.

The bombings at the Boston Marathon and the extensive manhunt that followed temporarily transformed the city of Boston into what some in the media called “a war zone.”

Now, we’re reaching out to those who’ve actually served in a war zone to hear your reaction. How did your past experiences affect the way you reacted to what your saw on the news? Were you called on to participate in any way?

Share your story: How did your service affect your reaction to the Boston bombings?



Alison Brody Analyst
Public Insight Network

Alison Brody spends her day surrounded by stories from people all across the country. She works with journalists from newsrooms like NPR and The New York Times to help turn these insights into meaningful journalism (i.e., not from a press release or a political speech).

Before joining the PIN team, Alison worked as a PIN analyst at the public radio show Marketplace. For two years she asked questions about credit card debt, employment, unemployment and health insurance. She's also worked at Los Angeles’ public television station, where she helped produce an international news pilot and a digital prototype that was half game, half social network, aimed at teaching students about the U.S. Constitution.