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Carry Me Home

In the VA’s emergency room, Molly Pearl and her husband made the imperceptible shift between soldier and patient, wife and caregiver.

The author, Jackie Munn, and her husband celebrate their wedding. Courtesy of Visionari Photography

Line of Departure

Jackie Munn and her husband quietly said their last goodbyes before she boarded the C-17 headed to Afghanistan and her Cultural Support Team assignment.

She Needs a Background Check and a Day Pass to Visit Her Father’s Grave, Part 2

Kelly McHugh-Stewart picked up her ritual black coffee and red carnations, one for each member of her growing family, to lay at her father’s gravesite.

She Needs a Background Check and a Day Pass to Visit Her Father’s Grave, Part 1

Kelly McHugh-Stewart lost her military ID when she turned 21, and in turn, the ability to easily visit her father’s grave at Fort Leavenworth.

Shedding The Shame of “Dependa”

Liesel Kershul faced crushing shame feeling that being a military spouse has kept her from fulfilling her potential. After 15 years, she’s found peace.

Gold Star On Graduation Day

Kelly McHugh-Stewart’s father died in Afghanistan on May 18, 2010. Since then she’s had two separate graduations—both were on the anniversary of his death.