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Josiah Koleosho an hour before the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 2003. Courtesy Josiah Koleosho.

My Calling

He saw gore and death, but he also saved lives. There are certain things a former corpsman will never forget or take for granted.

December 21 and What Came After

A reporter’s journey through war, trauma and healing

The al-Shaymeh Education Complex for Girls after it was struck by missiles fired by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition. Hodeidah, Yemen. November 9, 2015. Photo Courtesy Amnesty International

The U.S. Role in Yemen

Tangled alliances with allies and their foes make this one messy war.

The Death of Invincibility

A Marine officer reflects on his youthful fearlessness—and its end.

A burn pit in Balad, Iraq. Photo courtesy of Dan Clare

The Military’s Next Agent Orange

Burn pits have been poisoning soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan for the last 11 years. But Veterans Affairs seems reluctant to do anything about it.

Lyman Abbott's Order to Report Letter from the U.S. Army, 1940.

My Father Died Over 60 Years Ago. I Feel That I‘m Just Now Meeting Him

His father served in World War II and remade his life, one that a son is finally discovering.

Pop Bangers and IED Explosions

Augusto Giacoman danced to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” as his convoy patrolled Mosul, Iraq. And then the IED exploded.

The Girl in the Little Blue Jumper

Melissa Thomas held the little girl in her lap as their Humvee sped to meet the helicopter, uttering “English-nonsense” to keep the child from passing out.

Getting In The Game

Ross Cohen was trekking across Asia when the Twin Towers were attacked. When the call for war began, he cut short his planned year-long trip to sign up.