Even Butterflies Go to War

Elizabeth O’Herrin found solace in writing about her war, and she wonders and wishes she could ask her grandfather if he felt relief in writing about his.

Nepal Tried To Claim Her Too

Two years after a helicopter carrying Marines crashed in the Nepali mountains, Marine veteran Teresa Fazio encountered the wilderness that had claimed them.

My Heart, a Fallow Field

War poisoned his body and threatened his life. To survive, Drew Pham had to lose all chance of fathering a child.

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.

Their Love Would Thrive Or Die Thanks To The Corps

Nathan Eckman wrote off the idea of having a relationship while he was in the Marine Corps. When he met Emily, the Corps helped forge their relationship.

Learning the Power of Connection and Companionship

David Chrisinger grapples with his guilt about not having served and draws on his own experience of feeling powerless to connect with a friend who did.

Facing It

Drew Pham grieves for the family of the man he killed at war. His peers and commanders told him it was a good kill, but how can a kill be “good”?

Struggling to Find Purpose After “The Service”

Nearly two years after separating from the Marine Corps, Nathan Eckman struggles to define “service” and understand how to serve as a civilian.

Becoming A Veteran Without War

How do some veterans feel about killing? Do they want to kill? Nathan Eckman shares his story on what it means to be a veteran without the experiences of combat.