"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
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
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Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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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
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
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Yasmina Guerda

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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
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
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
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Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Jorge Rojas

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Military
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"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
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
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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
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
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Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Sophia Simon-Ortiz

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"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
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
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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
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
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
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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
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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"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
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
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Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Luis Gallo

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"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.
Talana Banks and her brother, Willie, talk with their mother, Chief Warrant Officer Felicia Banks, about her deployment to Iraq ...
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Yasmina Guerda

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Chaela Herridge-Meyer

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

Facilitated by
Jackie Sojico

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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.
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
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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
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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"He chose to volunteer and go back for a second tour."

Gordon Bolar tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay about his son, Army Specialist Matthew Bolar, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
Recorded in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Gordon Bolar tells StoryCorps founder Dave Isay about his son, Army Specialist Matthew Bolar, who was killed in Iraq in 2007.
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Recorded in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Katie Simon

In Partnership with
NPR

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Military
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"We were about as close as people that don't speak the same language can be."

Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells his wife, Deanne, about Ali, the young Iraqi he befriended during his service in Iraq.
Recorded in Norman, Oklahoma
Army National Guard Specialist Justin Cliburn tells his wife, Deanne, about Ali, the young Iraqi he befriended during his service ...
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Recorded in Norman, Oklahoma
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Yasmina Guerda

Facilitated by
Daniel Littlewood

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"All I saw were soldiers with rifles, and machine-gun fire coming at me."

Vietnam veteran Harvey Hilbert remembers one night from the war.
Recorded in Mesilla, New Mexico
Vietnam veteran Harvey Hilbert remembers one night from the war.
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Recorded in Mesilla, New Mexico
Produced by
Katie Simon

Facilitated by
Erin Dickey

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Struggle

"This medal was very precious to my parents."

Army National Guard Capt. Zachariah Fike speaks with Adeline Rockko about returning her brother's lost Purple Heart medal.
Recorded in New York, New York City
Army National Guard Capt. Zachariah Fike speaks with Adeline Rockko about returning her brother's lost Purple Heart medal.
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Recorded in New York City, New York
Produced by
Michael Garofalo

Facilitated by
Michael Garofalo

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