Topic: Military Families

Sally Carton’s father in his naval uniform cutting the cake at their wedding. Photo courtesy of the author.

It Took a Lifetime to Learn My Father’s War Story—and How It Shaped Us Both

What I didn’t know then was I was riding shotgun on my father’s quest to undo a moment of complete helplessness and horror during the Battle of Midway.
The Supreme Court heard arguments last year in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Community Financial Services Association of America, Limited, which challenges how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is funded. The court is expected to release its decision this spring. Photo by Mark Thomas.

Military, Vets Depend on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Its Future Is Uncertain.

Military families depend on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to combat predatory financial institutions. A Supreme Court case may decide its future.
As the military prepares to move sexual assault out of military commanders’ hands, The War Horse team looked at military women’s noncombat, not-from-natural-causes deaths since 9/11 and found a high rate of self-inflicted deaths after sexual assault, a bureacracy that promises cultural change but faces the same egregious headlines year after year, continuing problems with domestic violence, and punishment for those who do the right thing. But the team also found examples of units where women felt safe and respected based on culture change buy-in from their unit leadership. Art by Sarah Flores/for The War Horse.

Short Changed: No Justice at Fort Hood for Another Woman Soldier and a Commander Who Tried to Help

As Vanessa Guillén’s body was found, a commander who tried to do the right thing after false accusations lost his career.
Survivors of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Hammann are brought ashore at Pearl Harbor from USS Benham on June 9, 1942, three days after their ship was sunk. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval History Heritage Command.

No One Ever Connected the Dots of Our Boating Life and the Nightmare of My Father’s War

It took years to realize Dad’s obsession with rescuing sailors was tied to a traumatic experience in the Pacific during World War II he never spoke of.
Airmen of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard stand for a group photo Nov. 12, 2019, at the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing. Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have some of the highest rates of U.S. military enlistment. Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Branson, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

US Territories Have High Rates of US Military Service, but Battle for Veterans’ Benefits

Guam, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories have some of the highest rates of U.S. military enlistment, but their veterans also face major hurdles accessing benefits after their service.
Burning and damaged ships at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Embracing a Former Enemy at Pearl Harbor, It Was Official. The War Was Over.

This week marks 82 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor and 32 years since I witnessed the birth of a friendship between two men who’d once been at war.
Lauren Kay Johnson’s mother, a veteran of Desert Storm, reads the oath during her commissioning ceremony.

My Family Took the Straight-and-Narrow Path. Why Was I the One to Diverge?

My return from Afghanistan in 2010 and difficulties adjusting opened a door my mom had closed after her service in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

My Yia Yia and I Both Endured War. This Is How We Carry It.

Tyler Stevenson's grandmother survived the horrors of war. Long after his service in Afghanistan, he came to understand her.
Raub Nash, center, wondered for years why he dreaded the holidays. Turned out he never fully reflected on the awful events he experienced around this time of year. Photo courtesy of the author.

This Story Is More Than a Revelation of Why I Hated Christmas

It is 2023—the holiday season. This exercise of looking in the mirror, of learning who I am and why, has been hard. But it has been healing.