"Maybe if I had come back the same, things wouldn’t have turned out the way they did."

Retired Marines Anny and Jonny Peña talk about the challenges they faced as military spouses, and what it was like when Jonny came home from Afghanistan in 2012.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Retired Marines Anny and Jonny Peña talk about the challenges they faced as military spouses, and what it was ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Von Diaz

Facilitated by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

In Partnership with
Goodwill of NY and Northern Jersey.

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Family
Military
Struggle

"The injuries were so severe they thought he was dead."

Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, remember her father, Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient who spearheaded a daring rescue, saving eight fellow soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Recorded in El Campo, Texas
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Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, remember her father, Army Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, a Congressional Medal of ...
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Recorded in El Campo, Texas
Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Alletta Cooper

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Family
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"I wanted to be exactly like him."

Sgt. Major Lisa Torello remembers her father, Sgt 1st Class Carl Torello, who was killed in Vietnam in 1965, with Tony Cistaro, who was with her father when he died.
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Sgt. Major Lisa Torello remembers her father, Sgt 1st Class Carl Torello, who was killed in Vietnam in 1965, with Tony ...
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Produced by
Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Veronica Ordaz

In Partnership with
Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation

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Discovery
Family
Friendship
Military

"She looked at me and she said, "Not my son.""

Leslie Hurd, a Navy CACO, remembers notifying a family that their son had committed suicide.
Recorded in Cypress, California
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Leslie Hurd, a Navy CACO, remembers notifying a family that their son had committed suicide.
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Recorded in Cypress, California
Produced by
Von Diaz and Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Andrés Caballero

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Military
Work

"It is difficult to watch anyone let go of hope, but when it's your son, it's excruciating."

Scott Skiles speaks with his son, Marine Corporal Zach Skiles, about Zach's homelessness after returning home from Iraq.
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Scott Skiles speaks with his son, Marine Corporal Zach Skiles, about Zach's homelessness after returning home from Iraq.
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Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Geraldine Ah-Sue

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Family
Military
Struggle

"I couldn't get myself to work right."

Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp speaks with his father, Kirk Sharp, about feeling off after coming home from Iraq.
Recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska
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Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp speaks with his father, Kirk Sharp, about feeling off after coming home from Iraq.
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Recorded in Lincoln, Nebraska
Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Susan Lee

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Family
Memory Loss
Military
Struggle

"You told me to keep pushing through and we got into an argument."

Lance Corporal Erik Galvan (R) speaks with his squad leader, Sgt. Daniel Wheeler (L) about the day that war tore their friendship apart.
Recorded in Carlsbad, California
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Lance Corporal Erik Galvan (R) speaks with his squad leader, Sgt. Daniel Wheeler (L) about the day that war tore ...
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Recorded in Carlsbad, California
Produced by
Andres Caballero

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

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Friendship
Historias
Military
Struggle

"I can tell you what was in your husband's mind, because it was in mine."

Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael Pelkey came home from Iraq.
Recorded in Houston, Texas
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Army Captain Stefanie Pelkey speaks to friend and fellow veteran Army Sergeant "TJ" Hart about the time her husband, Michael ...
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Recorded in Houston, Texas
Produced by
Nadia Reiman

Facilitated by
John White

In Partnership with
Lone Star Veterans Association

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Family
Historias
Military
Struggle

"Tell me about the day Brian died."

Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he was killed in Iraq in January 2005.
Recorded in West Milford, New Jersey
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Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he ...
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Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
Mike Dougherty

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Family
Friendship
Military

"He was an important guy, but this is the thing he's known for."

Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday tradition of tracking Santa Claus on U.S. military radar in 1955.
Recorded in Castle Rock, Colorado
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Terri Van Keuren, Richard Shoup and Pamela Farrell remember how their father, Air Force Colonel Harry Shoup, started the holiday ...
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Recorded in Castle Rock, Colorado
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher Morris

Facilitated by
Mayra Sierra

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Family
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"He never really spoke too much; but his love for my grandmother was amazing."

Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and grandfather -- a Korean War veteran -- who helped raise him.
Recorded in Concord, California
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Hospice nurse and Retired Navy Corpsman Ron Riveira tells his friend, retired Army Medic Jason Deitch, about his grandmother and ...
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Recorded in Concord, California
Produced by
Nadia Reiman and Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Cristina Kim

In Partnership with
War Ink

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Family
Military
Work

"I was in a pretty dark spot at the time."

Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz, who died in Iraq while disarming an IED. He recently returned to StoryCorps with his friend and fellow retired bomb tech, Sgt Mary Dague, who lost her arms in Iraq. Hear both interviews below.
Recorded in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz, who died ...
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Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher-Morris

Facilitated by
Liyna Anwar and Gaspar Caro

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Family
Friendship
Military
Struggle

"I used to say when I put my uniform on, I was in my superwoman suit."

Trista Matascastillo speaks with her husband, Army 1st Sergeant Hector Matascastillo, about being sexually assaulted when she was in the Navy.
Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota
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Trista Matascastillo speaks with her husband, Army 1st Sergeant Hector Matascastillo, about being sexually assaulted when she was in the ...
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Recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota
Produced by
Andres Caballero

Facilitated by
John White

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Family
Military
Struggle

"My American soldier became my Iraqi brother."

Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, Sgt. Braun and Philip are roommates in the U.S., but Philip recently returned to Iraq in hopes of bringing back his wife and children.
Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
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Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq. Today, ...
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Recorded in Blaine, Minnesota
Produced by
Andrés Caballero

Facilitated by
John White

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Angels & Mentors
Friendship
Military
Struggle

"Here in the States, I don't even know how to talk to people..."

Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
Recorded in New York City, New York
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Army Captain Drew Pham, 26, tells his wife, Molly Pearl, about Afghanistan and some of his most difficult combat memories.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Jasmyn Belcher

Facilitated by
Yasmin Peña

In Partnership with
Brooklyn Museum

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Military
Struggle
Witness

"I just remember him walking off into the darkness, and the darkness engulfing him. "

Kevin Lucey talks to his wife, Joyce Lucey, about their son Jeff who was a marine convoy driver in Iraq.
Recorded in Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Kevin Lucey talks to his wife, Joyce Lucey, about their son Jeff who was a marine convoy driver in Iraq.
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Produced by
Liyna Anwar

Facilitated by
Cambra Moniz

In Partnership with
Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund Survivor Outreach Services

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Family
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"It was like driving an automobile at a hundred miles an hour and running into a stone wall."

Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the effects of high speeds on the body, and helped prove that space travel was safe for humans.
Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
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Alton Yates tells his daughter, Toni, about being part of a small group of Air Force volunteers who tested the ...
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Recorded in Jacksonville, Florida
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Jud Esty-Kendall

Facilitated by
Jeremy Helton

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Family
Griot
Growing Up
Military
Work

"I don't know how many I sent home..."

Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to do while in Iraq.
Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
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Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) tells her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to ...
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Recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Daniel Sitts

In Partnership with
Fort Wainwright

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Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Work

"I'm so thankful for everything you've done."

Tracy Johnson and her mother in-law, Sandra Johnson, talk about the death of their wife and daughter, Army Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson.
Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
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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 ...
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Recorded in Raeford, North Carolina
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Identity
LGBTQ
Military
Work

"I didn't even recognize myself."

Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed to Afghanistan in 2008.
Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
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Retired Marine Corporal Anthony Villarreal talks with his wife, Jessica, about being severely injured during an IED attack while deployed ...
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Recorded in Lubbock, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Historias
Military
Struggle
Work