A Second Class Citizen: My Time as a Woman in the Marine Corps

When I joined the Marines, I never imagined I would suffer…


How to Stop Smoking Marijuana

Perhaps you feel desperate.  Up to this point, you use…


Scraping the Skull of My Psyche with a Scalpel

I've traveled to the center of my soul.  Doing this has…


The Soul Crushing Pain of Family Estrangement

My mother was sexually abused by her father.  Growing up, I…


How I Transformed My Relationship

I met my wife on the internet.  Eharmony to be precise. It…


Torture in Mahmudiyah: An Unbearable Chamber of Suffering

Standing a few steps into the room, we both watched in…


Ali Baba: A Marine Squad’s Brush With Death

The boy came up to our first team and yelled out “Ali…


For Me, The Marine Corps Was a Suicide Mission

I joined the Marine Corps in hopes of dying an honorable…


Phoenix Rising: Becoming a Survivor

It’s November 6, 1993, and I’m enjoying a beautiful evening…


I Understand Your Deep Sadness

A few days ago I was having a really rough time…