From One Battle to Another

A gunnery sergeant grapples with his love of deployments during a time when his family needs him at home.

The Death of Invincibility

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

When the Stress of Combat Hits You … in a High School Classroom

A former infantry officer realized the impact of war lingers longer than he’d thought.

The Unknown Legacy of Military Mental Health Programs

After 9/11, the U.S. military created hundreds of mental health programs, and many did not closely track spending or record their outcomes.

Gridlock Gets You Killed

As traffic slowed to a stop and the color drained from his face, Liesel Kershul began to see that Tom had changed. Then he tried to kill her in his sleep.

Losing Trust in the Branch He’d Pledged to Serve

Waiting in the lobby of the mental health unit, Francisco Martínezcuello wonders when, in his then-17-year career, he stopped trusting the Navy.

Failure to Fire

Dustin Jones misfired as Marines fell around him. Today, living stateside, he sometimes struggles to separate reality from dreams.

Panic Attacks Start Slow

Peter Lucier’s first panic attack came on like an electric hurricane, blowing him back years to an IED blast site in Afghanistan.