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Meet Mike Franzak

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Michael Franzak never had dreams of fighting for his country when he joined the Navy after high school, but he was desperate and had nowhere else to go.

It was hard at first, but then Franzak found his calling in the discipline and the challenges of military life. His Navy training gave him a purpose and eventually he went to college, joined the Marines and started flying jets. Franzak served with distinction in Afghanistan, then retired from the military to fly commercially out of Raleigh, NC. The journal he kept during his tours in Afghanistan is the basis for his new book, "A Nightmare's Prayer" (Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster/2010). He joins host Frank Stasio to discuss the war, his combat experience and his civilian life.

This program originally aired on September 27, 2010. For a link to the audio click here.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.