Stories & Service

Veteran storytelling – profiles of growth, leadership, and the strength to serve

I have a story to tell but I don’t have the skills yet. And maybe I am not ready. Not knowing where to start, I picked up books in the hopes to learn from other authors. In the process I learned more about my story and how tell it. I grew into my story with every page.

The prevailing narrative on Veteran culture is incomplete. What follows are book reviews that shed just a little light on the experiences of military service and Veteran transition. There are also stories told directly by Veterans. These books and stories are helping me find the voice to my own Veteran story. Perhaps they can help you find your story too.


  • Veteran Voices: Thankful

    November 28, 2019 by

    Veteran writing can be about the tough stuff – the hard times, challenging situations, and how we grew from it. Not every day was terrible or traumatic however. Many days were thrilling, funny, and totally kicked ass! My military friends are eternal and the experiences were unique. Every single day, I worked with the best… Read more

  • Veteran Voices: The Phone Call

    November 17, 2019 by

    This post is part of a series called Veteran Voices. The story that follows is told directly by a Veteran. These words offer insights into the souls of our warrior class. Rather than thanking a Veteran for their service, read their stories, connect with their losses, and find your own strength in their courage. They’d… Read more

  • Veteran Voices: Part 2 – Behind The Generator

    November 3, 2019 by

    This post is part of a series called Veteran Voices. We owe all veterans the right to tell their story, as they see it, without our judgement. The stories that follow are told directly by Veterans. These words offer insights into the souls of our warrior class. Rather than thanking a Veteran for their service,… Read more

  • Book Review: “Radical Candor”

    October 26, 2019 by

    Author: Kim Scott Direct feedback, no problem – right? The military does feedback­­­—hardcore. Tasks have clear standards. Failure to meet the standards results in direct, swift feedback – written, verbal (perhaps this is too gentle a word), and physical. As a leader, I provided clear, objective feedback to my personnel and my unit. Out of… Read more

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