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  • Blog
    Mon, 9 May 2016
    ArticleOn Storytelling

    I should begin by saying that I feel very ambivalent about sharing my own story. I did once, as part of a Storycorps interview with my husband. At the time the Storycorps Military Voices Initiative had partnered with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to search for veterans willing to share their stories. After reaching out to their members... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Apr 2016
    ArticleSoundtrack of War - Podcast

    In anticipation of Service Together’s upcoming concert, Soundtrack of War, this week’s blog features a podcast of Veteran performer Brandon Mills. I first heard Brandon play at the Society of Artistic Veterans fundraiser back in January. His soulful voice and heartfelt lyrics were mesmerizing. I was in the early stages of... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 4 Apr 2016
    ArticleWhere is the soundtrack to the wars in Iraq and...

    In the year that my husband was deployed in Afghanistan I found music to be incredibly comforting. I lived in Baton Rouge but drove about an hour every morning out to the rural middle school where I taught math enrichment. I picked up my carpool mates in the dark and queued up my playlist as we pulled onto the highway. As my fellow... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    ArticleOn PTSD

    My husband has PTSD and I have my husband. I would like to say that PTSD doesn’t play a large role in our lives and in our relationship, but it does. It is the subject of many a late-night, anxiety-induced conversation. It is a heightened sense of awareness, the split-second reaction to a backfiring car, my husband’s hands... more...

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  • Blog
    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    ArticleAuthenticity

    This week’s Service Together blog is from guest blogger Drew Pham. Drew served in the Army from 2009-2013 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as a cavalry platoon leader with the 10th Mountain Division. He is the Project Coordinator at the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Teachers... more...

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  • Blog
    Tue, 23 Feb 2016
    ArticleOn Ability

    I never liked the term disabled. Every time I write it, or speak it aloud, I cringe a little. Dis, a prefix of Latin origin, means apart, asunder, or away; its implication is negative and oppositional. Therefore, to be disabled is to be the opposite of abled, which is to say the opposite of normal. This function of language creates a... more...

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  • Blog
    Fri, 5 Feb 2016
    ArticleOn Perception

    What does a veteran look like? The last class I took for my MSW was called “Social Work With Military Members and Their Families.” It was a summer class. There were slim pickings for electives, and some students landed in the class because it was the only option that fit into their schedule. One gentleman in particular... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 21 Jan 2016
    ArticleOn Adversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? The media often presents two distinct images of veterans. To begin, they are strong, patriotic warriors, standing tall in their crisp uniforms, marching in perfect unison. Then, outside of uniform, they are broken. They wait in line at the VA. They are missing limbs, fighting a war in... more...

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  • Blog
    Fri, 8 Jan 2016
    ArticleOn Diversity

    When you picture a veteran, what do they look like? Do they look like this gentleman, who happens to pop up first when you type “veteran” into a google image search?     What about this image, depicting a Vietnam veteran embracing a young marine?     Or does he look more like this... more...

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  • Blog
    Thu, 3 Dec 2015
    ArticleWhat does it mean to serve?

    My husband and I spent three years stationed at Fort Polk. If you’ve ever been to Fort Polk you’ll understand why we traveled, far away, as often as possible. Weekends and vacations brought us to New Orleans, Houston, Austin, and home to New York. On these breaks we eagerly slipped back into the normal life our peers lived,... more...

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