Tag: Telling Your Story

A True Test of Confidence –Sean Casey

Speaking in front of a crowd is unsettling. Giving a 30-minute presentation about something that shaped your life to 7th graders is downright scary. I wasn’t informed beforehand that I would be doing this twice as well. I was scared because I kept on imaging what my evil 7th grade version of me would do because I was what some…

Earning a Seat at the Table: Sara Poquette and the Pain of Being Treated Like a Stereotype

Editor’s Note: Here at Stronger at the Broken Places, we believe that true warriors tell their stories and pass on the wisdom they have gleaned from their experiences. Unfortunately, many of our female veterans don’t feel comfortable telling their stories. As Cara Hoffman recently pointed out in the New York Times, “Women have served in the American military in some capacity for 400…

“Stories can save us”: The Veteran Print Project and Finding a Way to Reveal the Things They Carry

“Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.” –Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried _____ In 1981, a group…

A Letter to Veterans

“I had PTSD before it was invented,” says my grandmother’s cousin, Clark Dyrud. “That description only came around in the late 1970s, but so many veterans had it through the years.” After graduating from high school in 1964 and briefly attending the University of Minnesota, Dyrud volunteered for the draft — “I wanted to see what war was like,” he later…