One Soldier’s View



GUEST: U.S. Army Major Matt Matsuda (ret) is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in Kuwait, briefly in Iraq, and saw combat action in Afghanistan.


TOPIC: Major Matsuda joined Coy on the program to share his personal perspective on American military operations overseas and specifically his service in Afghanistan and what he learned there.

“Afghanistan is almost a myth,” he explains. “Afghanistan is a country whose identity is far more understood outside its borders, than inside its borders. It’s not a single state. The people might describe themselves as Afghans after about 15 or 20 seconds of other descriptions. A lot of news media speak ill of war lords. But that is the government they understand.”

Matt also speaks candidly and from the heart about veterans’ issues. This is a conversation every American should listen to.


ORIGINAL BROADCAST DATE: Tuesday, April 15, 2014.