In 2015, StoryCorps came to our town. They invited the local military community to interview each other and record it for the national archives. We were told that they records thousands of stories each year and only a small handful are ever aired.
After years of listening to StoryCorps stories on NPR, I knew this was something that I couldn’t miss. So, I asked my husband to come with me so I could interview him. We weren’t even sure if he was going to be able to make it up until an hour before so I was planning to interview my kiddos. I was so happy he was able to come. I don’t think he realized what a powerful experience it would be for us to sit across from each other to talk about our lives in such a raw way. The moment the recording started, I was overcome with emotion and started crying which carried throughout our conversation. We talked for an hour and will forever cherish that conversation.
A year later, we were notified that they selected an excerpt from our conversation for a special Military Voices StoryCorps series which was created to allow civilians to better understanding of the complex realities of troops’ service and sacrifice.
I am so honored that they chose us to be included in this series recorded and aired in Spokane, Washington. If you missed the original program, you can listen to it now by clicking on the 2nd streaming audio file — our interview starts at the ~27 min mark.