The Military Voices Initiative records, preserves, and shares the stories of veterans, servicemembers, and military families.

About the Military Voices Initiative

For more than a decade, 2.4 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan while 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 provides a platform for veterans, servicemembers, and military families to share their stories. In doing so we honor their voices, amplify their experiences, and let them know that we—as a nation—are listening.

Stories from the Military Voices Initiative

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Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant ...
Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
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“The disconnect is huge.”
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“At three years of age, you just started playing...”
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“How did it make you feel to leave us for your deployment?”
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“My first question was, 'Do you have the right guy?'”

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