U. S. vets hope to power lights, change in Afghanistan

Eye on Veterans
April 10, 2018 - 11:05 am

Photo courtesy Team Afghan Power

In Afghanistan, the real light at the end of the tunnel might be sparked by a power switch.

That's the idea motivating U. S military veterans working to create small, low-cost energy grids in the nation where American military forces have fought for more than a decade and a half.

“If you provide low levels of electrical power to villages," says John Gerlaugh, president of the non-profit Team Afghan Power, "you suddenly see increased economic opportunity.  People are able to do things they were not able to do without power.  And that’s a real big difference in their lives.”

We spoke with John in November 2017:

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