The Military Voices Initiative records, preserves, and shares the stories of veterans, service members, and military families.
Stories from the Military Voices Initiative
“I remember hearing the phone ring early in the morning...”
Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head ...
“The disconnect is huge.”
Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting ...
“My brothers were like my soul mates...”
Monica Velez talks to her fiancÃ© , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal JosÃ© "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist ...
“I wanted to kneel where Mike fell...”
Robert Stokely remembers honoring his son, Army Sgt. Michael Stokely, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
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About the Military Voices Initiative
Over the last ten years, 2.4 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and millions of families have stood behind them at home. The military community knows well the challenges of multiple deployments, combat injuries, and long-awaited homecomings. Yet few civilians truly understand the complex realities of our troops’ service and sacrifice.
The Military Voices Initiative (MVI) amplifies their important stories and lets them know that we–as a nation–are listening.
, Afghanistan Veteran
Senior Strategic Partnerships Associate, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
, Iraq Veteran
Executive Director and Founder, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Veteran Spouse & Advocate
, U.S. Army Colonel (retired)
Director, Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
, Iraq Veteran
Award-winning independent writer and photographer AssignmentAfghanistan.org
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