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- BlogMon, 6 Feb 2017Where I Thought I Should Have Been in March 2002
After much deliberation I decided to leave active duty military service and return to my mother’s home in New York. It was March 2002 and I was an E-5 sergeant and had been one for all of six months. Back in the unit I should still have been considered a buck sergeant but I do not remember ever being called one following the... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 30 Jan 2017Homeward Bound
I return from an active duty tour to find that my house is no longer my home I open my door to my house and there is another family living in it They tell me they have been renting it for two months I cannot find my wife and kids I do not know where to look I had a life when I left I had friends when I left They do not feel like... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 23 Jan 2017Ignorance of My Peers
As I sit in a guard tower in a Balkan country, I wonder what my life would be like if I had attended college instead of joining the military. I think of the man I am today, back to the boy I was around seven years ago; who my friends were compared to who they are now; what’s important to me today compared to years past. I often... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 16 Jan 2017On Women and the Draft
Growing up in the third wave of feminism during the 1980s, girls of my generation were taught that not only were we able to do it all, we were able to do it all without men, and that in fact, doing it without men should be our #1 goal as strong, modern young women. Men, it turned out, were mere hindrances to careers and lifestyles that... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 2 Jan 2017So 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 9 May 2016On 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 4 Apr 2016Where 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...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 21 Mar 2016On PTSD
My husband has PTSD and I have my husband. I would like to say that PTSD doesn’t play a large role in our lives and in our relationship, but it does. It is the subject of many a late-night, anxiety-induced conversation. It is a heightened sense of awareness, the split-second reaction to a backfiring car, my husband’s hands... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 7 Mar 2016Authenticity
This week’s Service Together blog is from guest blogger Drew Pham. Drew served in the Army from 2009-2013 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as a cavalry platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division. He is the Project Coordinator at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogTue, 23 Feb 2016On Ability
I never liked the term disabled. Every time I write it, or speak it aloud, I cringe a little. Dis, a prefix of Latin origin, means apart, asunder, or away; its implication is negative and oppositional. Therefore, to be disabled is to be the opposite of abled, which is to say the opposite of normal. This function of language creates a... more...Filters: Service Together