Topic: Transition

War Memorials, a Honeymoon, and the Conflict of Life

Liz O’Herrin Lee finds peace in an unknown future in the presence of Australia’s living memorial built by and for the country’s World War I veterans.

When I Think About Losing My Son

David Chrisinger found the words to express a devastating personal loss after teaching a military veteran how to write about her own feelings of sadness and uncertainty.

As a West Point Cadet, I Volunteered to Be “The Hot Sauce Man”

A midnight raid on a West Point dorm in which Augusto Giacoman was armed with hot sauce prepared him for war better than West Point’s rigid rules.

“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.

“Big Bombs. Boom.”—a Pistol, the Smart Girl, and a Tragedy

Michael Carson talked philosophy and tragedy in a Mosul coffee shop. Back in the U.S. he’s still asking questions for which there are no answers.

My Battle Buddy Was Always Smiling Before Losing His War to Suicide

J.P. Lawrence thought he knew his happy-go-lucky friend from deployment until he learned that Belland had struggled with addiction and died by overdose.

Hold My Housing Until I’m Ok—”I Don’t Trust Myself”

David Chrisinger learned to treat a writer’s words with the proper care before publication after a student veteran was pushed to the brink of suicide.

“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.

The Son of Refugees Reflects on How to Lose a U.S-led War

Drew Pham saw his refugee parents in Afghan civilians. Compassion, he thought, was the answer. But a part of his soul hardened as he learned to love war.