Topic: Reflections

First Lieutenant Harry Whitlockin a HMMWV near Tallil Air Base, Iraq, March 1991.

Anger Management and the Old Man—”I’m Relieved That I Tossed It Away.”

A former medical platoon leader spent years resenting his commander, until he realized what his pent-up rage truly meant.

Betrayal, Sedatives, and the Long Road Home

The Army had been her life until it turned into her enemy. A former combat medic reflects on the ultimate betrayal of giving her all in service and feeling abandoned in return.

Rage and the Manger

Back from a deployment and triggered by the mundane, a former infantry officer discovers his unprovoked rage. 
The author on a field exercise at The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia in 2006. Courtesy of Anne Boaden

“This Is What Closure Feels Like”—the Aftermath of Miscarriage While Your Spouse Is Deployed

A Marine reservist recounts an unexplained loss while her husband is deployed.

No Really, How Are You Doing? Asking Important Questions About Military Suicide

A Marine Corps officer’s story of pain, stress, and a call to action to start honest conversations about mental health
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 for War—”I Was Shocked, but We Needed Men.”

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

“I Thought I Was Going to Die”—Explosions and an Easter Sunday Service in Iraq

A combat Army officer reflects on what it means to be at war for your country and search for spiritual meaning.

Running for My Life After Returning From War

How a high-functioning facade masked a critical bout of depression for a former Army sergeant. 
Ia Drang Valley Battle

A Long-Awaited Reunion for Two Black Veterans

An older incarcerated veteran gets a visit from a former combat infantryman that he served with in Vietnam.