Topic: Reflections

“It Is Cancer”—Reflecting on My Husband’s Diagnosis After Going to War

In the VA’s emergency room, Molly Pearl and her husband made the imperceptible shift between soldier and patient, wife and caregiver.

I’ve Never Looked More Dignified on a Hike

After Sweden enacted gender-neutral conscription in early 2018, Teresa Fazio traveled there to ask how it works and what the U.S. can learn.

Military Suicide 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.
She was set— a Marine Corps officer enrolled in a PhD program and headed to a new duty station on the West Coast. But then she woke up in a jail cell with her world falling apart.

A Marine Officer, an Uber, and the Arrest

She was set— a Marine Corps officer enrolled in a PhD program and headed to a new duty station on the West Coast. But then she woke up in a jail cell with her world falling apart.

“My Creativity Was Paralyzed”—Baggage and the Bridge of Empathy

Can artwork depicting the Syrian refugee crisis build empathy for an American audience? One writer hopes so.

“I Was Still Pretending”—a Road Trip and Worry for a Little Boy

Searching for closure, a former Army Infantry officer travels to the gravesite of his platoon sergeant.

Pumpkin Head and the Horror Show

A former infantry officer contemplates the numbing effects of war and inhumanity.

Removing My Armor

How a former Army videographer learned to cope with trauma and rebuild her life.

Pop Bangers, “Barbie Girl,” and IED Explosions

Augusto Giacoman danced to Aqua’s “Barbie Girl” as his convoy patrolled Mosul, Iraq. And then the IED exploded.