Rewind | Weight of War live chat
Military studies acknowledge that combat soldiers are carrying too much weight -- often more than 100 pounds. These loads have contributed to soaring numbers of injuries, and higher costs in disability payments.
The U.S. Army is trying to lighten soldiers' load, including trimming every ounce they can from equipment, and is researching the use of robotic "mules" that could carry supplies.
Seattle Times reporter Hal Bernton and KUOW 94.9 reporter Patricia Murphy took your questions on Feb. 15 about their reporting for this project. Read the chat rewind below.