Topic: Mental Health

“The Electric Hurricane”—My Panic Attacks After War Started Slowly

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

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.

“He Tried to Kill Me in His Sleep”—a Military Spouse Learns How 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.

A Marine Loses Trust in the Military 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.

“Wars Are Real, Bullets Can Kill.”—Recalling the Death of My Invincibility

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

Misfire. “My Friends Are Dying. And I Can’t Save Them.”

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

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.