Soldier bounds down a 40 ft tower during a training exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jacob Kohrs.

Moral Waivers

Not everyone is fit for the Army, but a loophole overlooks that. 

No Really, How Are You Doing?

A Marine Corps officer’s story of pain, stress, and a call to action to start honest conversations about mental health

Answering the Call

Vets4Warriors, a mostly donations-based phone support program, seeks to end the stigma of vets getting help and the shame of asking for it.

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.

My Battle Buddy Was Always Smiling

J.P. Lawrence thought he knew his happy-go-lucky friend from deployment until he learned that Belland had struggled with addiction and died by overdose.

Hold My Housing Until I’m Ok

David Chrisinger learned to treat a writer’s words with the proper care before publication after a student veteran was pushed to the brink of suicide.

Dress Blues and Triple C’s

Scott Reel learned quickly that he could resist the Corps’ structure and suffer, or he could play the part of the good Marine, do his time, and then leave. 

Brother, Forgive Me

In Joe, Drew Pham found a supportive peer and guide. One careless act threatened their relationship, forcing Drew to really consider what Joe means to him.

Some Journeys Home End With a Bullet

William Gehrung was a veteran who’d written for The War Horse. In late August 2017, he killed himself. Fellow War Horse writer Nate Eckman remembers his friend.