Stories & Service

Veteran storytelling: Strength through Serving

The prevailing narrative on Veteran culture is incomplete. Untold are the stories of the parents, spouses, and children of our Veterans. They served with us. What follows are stories from The Strongest Generation — people united by their experiences in connection with America’s longest war.

These are stories told directly by Veterans and family members. I thank them for having the courage to write and to you for reading with an open heart.


  • Veteran Voices: Make it to Chow

    March 25, 2020 by

    455 days deployed in Iraq. Single parenting for months while my spouse was deployed. 8 weeks of Beast Barracks wondering why I signed-up for this while all my friends spent their summers partying. My military experiences were not very difficult nor really all that unique. We all went through a basic training, attended a few… Read more

  • Veteran Voices: Shared Bunkers

    March 21, 2020 by

    The nighttime dash to the concrete bunker was a blur. The alarms were new to me, so I woke confused. I think I put on socks. I figured real shoes would be better than flip flops. Then I had to find the nearest bunker — my path frustratingly blocked by some ill-placed stairs. I was… Read more

  • Veteran Voices: The Cav Scout

    February 28, 2020 by

    I first met the Cav Scout on a crisp Fall morning. Like every new Soldier in my company, his platoon sergeant brought him by the office for a short introduction with the commander and 1SG. He stood at attention, looked me straight in the eye, and confidently answered my short questions about who he was… Read more

  • Book Review: Chop Wood, Carry Water

    February 21, 2020 by

    Author: Joshua Medcalf I don’t have a goal. This stark realization hit me pretty hard a couple months ago. Probably for the first time ever in my life, I was not actively pursuing any tangible, defined goal. I’d always had something I was working toward. I had been grinding on my degree, working for my… Read more

  • Book Review: “Stillness is the Key”

    January 30, 2020 by

    Author: Ryan Holiday Busy is a Choice. Our family calendar looks more complicated than my old fight schedule. Matching aircraft, crews, and mission equipment to a week’s worth of flights has got NOTHING on running a household these days. Trying to get kids to all their activities, while making sure you volunteer “enough” at the… Read more

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