"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 Massachusetts, Wellesley
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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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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 Florida, Jacksonville
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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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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 Alaska, Fairbanks
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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
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Work

"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, New York City
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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

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Military
Struggle
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"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 North Carolina, Raeford
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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
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"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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"My brothers were like my soul mates..."

Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist Andrew Velez.
Recorded in Austin, Texas
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Monica Velez talks to her fiancé , Christopher Hernandez about her two brothers, Army Corporal José "Freddy" Velez and Army Specialist ...
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Recorded in Austin, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

In Partnership with
The Homecoming Project

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Growing Up
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Struggle

"Next thing I know, I hear the loudest explosion..."

Iraq war Veteran Travis Williams, sole survivor of his 12-man squad, remembers the explosion that took the lives of his 11 teammates.
Recorded in Missoula, Montana
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Iraq war Veteran Travis Williams, sole survivor of his 12-man squad, remembers the explosion that took the lives of his 11 ...
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Recorded in Missoula, Montana
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Jorge Rojas

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Military
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Work

"When you have a 19- or 20-year-old who wants to die, that is totally heartbreaking."

Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
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Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.
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Recorded in Canandaigua, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Anita Rao

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Military
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"The disconnect is huge."

Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting to civilian life after their combat deployments.
Recorded in California, San Diego
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Marine Corporal Paul Wayman (L) talks with his friend Nathanael Roberti, (R) a former Navy Seal, about their trouble readjusting ...
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Recorded in San Diego, California
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

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Military
Work

"I got a reputation as the straightest guy around."

U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960s.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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U.S. Navy veteran Denny Meyer remembers what it was like to be gay and a sailor in the late 1960...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo and Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Jud Esty-Kendall

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Identity
LGBTQ
Military
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"I wanted to kneel where Mike fell..."

Robert Stokely remembers honoring his son, Army Sgt. Michael Stokely, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
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Robert Stokely remembers honoring his son, Army Sgt. Michael Stokely, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
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Recorded in Atlanta, Georgia
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Stephanie Burton

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"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 in Iraq.
Recorded in New Mexico, Rio Rancho
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Christine and Gordon Schei talk about learning that their son, Army Sergeant Erik Schei, had been shot in the head ...
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Recorded in Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Angels & Mentors
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"The last 22 years would have been hell without you."

Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
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Sally Edwards (L) and Lue Hutchinson (R) remember becoming friends after they both lost sons in the Gulf War.
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Recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
Cincinnati Public Radio

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Friendship
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"At three years of age, you just started playing..."

Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a pianist in order to join the Marine Corps.
Recorded in New York, New York City
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Staff Sergeant Daniel Hodd and his mother, Evelyn, talk about Daniel's decision to put aside a promising career as a ...
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

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Military
Work

"How did it make you feel to leave us for your deployment?"

Talana Banks and her brother, Willie, talk with their mother, Chief Warrant Officer Felicia Banks, about her deployment to Iraq in 2005 and their life as an Army family.
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Talana Banks and her brother, Willie, talk with their mother, Chief Warrant Officer Felicia Banks, about her deployment to Iraq ...
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Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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Growing Up
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"When you came home, if it's not best day ever, it's top five."

Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.
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Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.
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Recorded in , District of Columbia
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Nina Porzucki

In Partnership with
The Service Project

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Military
Work

"He was trying extremely hard to get back on track."

Judy and Randy Pilgrim remember their son and Iraq war veteran, Army Specialist Lance Pilgrim.
Recorded in Daingerfield, Texas
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Judy and Randy Pilgrim remember their son and Iraq war veteran, Army Specialist Lance Pilgrim.
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Recorded in Daingerfield, Texas
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Jackie Sojico

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Military
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"She said, 'Stacy, I've gotta go,' and she hung up on me."

Stacy Thedans remembers the last phone conversation she had with her mother on the morning of September 11, 2001.
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Stacy Thedans remembers the last phone conversation she had with her mother on the morning of September 11, 2001.
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Recorded in , District of Columbia
Produced by
Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Justina Mejias

In Partnership with
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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Military
September 11

"It was hard not to be mom."

Sergeant Marilyn Gonzalez and her daughter Specialist Jessica Pedraza remember deploying together to Iraq in 2010.
Recorded in Massachusetts, Rockland
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Sergeant Marilyn Gonzalez and her daughter Specialist Jessica Pedraza remember deploying together to Iraq in 2010.
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Recorded in Rockland, Massachusetts
Produced by
Anita Rao with Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Matt Herman

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Historias
Military
Work