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    Mon, 11 Sep 2017
    blogBecoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of...

    In the aftermath of Charlottesville, David Fagin published an opinion piece titled Becoming a Racist: The Unfortunate Side Effect of Serving Your Country? about a group of veterans that served as armed guards for Nazi protesters. Noting that this group of veterans claim their deployment experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan radicalized... more...

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    Mon, 2 Jan 2017
    blogSo You Want To Be A Caregiver Supportive City?

    Last summer I finally came up for air. Almost two years after my husband’s cancer diagnosis, and a year after his bone marrow transplant, I waded out of the most intensive and challenging period of caregiving I ever experienced. I began to focus my care inward. I went to the doctor and actually talked about my own health. I went to... more...

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    Sun, 21 Aug 2016
    blogWe Want to See Other People

    Dear Reader, Don’t worry, Service Together isn’t breaking up with you. Let us explain. If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know about Service Together. Perhaps you attended one of our veteran-civilian dialogues; maybe you joined us for a service project at Ronald McDonald House; or maybe you heard about... more...

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    Thu, 19 May 2016
    blogThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 1 of 4) Some months ago, I found myself sitting at a conference table with many well dressed, important people who work in veterans’ services. We were gathered together to provide feedback and guidance on a national campaign to retell the stories of veterans, with an emphasis on bridging the military-civilian divide. The... more...

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    Thu, 19 May 2016
    blogThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 2 of 4) A couple years ago, my husband and I recorded our story as part of the Military Voices initiative at Storycorps. On a cold September morning we sat in a tiny sound booth in the middle of Foley Square and spoke to each other about the last five years of our lives. It was a painful, hour long conversation that sprang from the... more...

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    Thu, 19 May 2016
    blogThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 4 of 4) It is not surprising that even within veterans’ spaces, it is difficult to find the voices of spouses and caregivers. We are bad at telling women’s stories on their own terms. (Ask female veterans how they think they are portrayed in the media.) The majority of military-spouses are women. Caregiving is largely... more...

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    Thu, 19 May 2016
    blogThe Universal Feminism of Caregiving And Other...

    (Part 3 of 4) Four months later, in March, my husband was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (He received a job offer the day after his diagnosis. Sometimes life is funny like that.) In the midst of treatment we received a call from our local Storycorps associate letting us know that NPR wanted to use our story on Weekend... more...

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    Mon, 9 May 2016
    blogOn Storytelling

    I should begin by saying that I feel very ambivalent about sharing my own story. I did once, as part of a Storycorps interview with my husband. At the time the Storycorps Military Voices Initiative had partnered with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to search for veterans willing to share their stories. After reaching out to their members... more...

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    Thu, 21 Apr 2016
    blogSoundtrack of War - Podcast

    In anticipation of Service Together’s upcoming concert, Soundtrack of War, this week’s blog features a podcast of Veteran performer Brandon Mills. I first heard Brandon play at the Society of Artistic Veterans fundraiser back in January. His soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics were mesmerizing. I was in the early stages of... more...

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    Mon, 4 Apr 2016
    blogWhere is the soundtrack to the wars in Iraq and...

    In the year that my husband was deployed in Afghanistan I found music to be incredibly comforting. I lived in Baton Rouge but drove about an hour every morning out to the rural middle school where I taught math enrichment. I picked up my carpool mates in the dark and queued up my playlist as we pulled onto the highway. As my fellow... more...

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