She was set— a Marine Corps officer enrolled in a PhD program and headed to a new duty station on the West Coast. But then she woke up in a jail cell with her world falling apart.

The Arrest

She was set— a Marine Corps officer enrolled in a PhD program and headed to a new duty station on the West Coast. But then she woke up in a jail cell with her world falling apart.

Baggage

Can artwork depicting the Syrian refugee crisis build empathy for an American audience? One writer hopes so.

Removing My Armor

Disassociation. Easily a top choice for describing my coping mechanism before age 30, and one that I can flawlessly slip back into like a favorite pair of sweatpants. Fear, emotional invalidation, and the authoritarian rule in my childhood home left little room for being present over perfect. Don’t get me wrong; there was love in […]

Pumpkin Head

A former infantry officer contemplates the numbing effects of war and inhumanity.

Basic Training

How a new recruit learned what being in the Army truly meant and where he eventually found his way, sort of.

The Road Trip

Searching for closure, a former Army Infantry officer travels to the gravesite of his platoon sergeant.

A Different Kind of Plague

After two men from the same unit killed themselves, maddening questions about life take their place for those who remain.

When I Think About My Son

David Chrisinger found the words to express a devastating personal loss after teaching a military veteran how to write about her own feelings of sadness and uncertainty.

I’ve Never Looked More Dignified on a Hike

After Sweden enacted gender-neutral conscription in early 2018, Teresa Fazio traveled there to ask how it works and what the U.S. can learn.