Military Voices Initiative http://kunc.org en Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own http://kunc.org/post/never-truly-over-discussing-deployment-challenge-its-own Army Capt. Drew Pham, 26, returned from a tour in Afghanistan in October 2011. Since Drew's been back, it's been hard for him to make sense of what he saw there and adjust to his life at home. It's been difficult for his wife, Molly Pearl, to respond to some of the things he would tell her, too.<p>Pham called once to tell her he had shot a man. He says she didn't know what to say, so she replied, "Well, we'll deal with it when you get home."<p>"I did a lot of bad things. We killed this 60- or 70-year-old schoolteacher. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:29:04 +0000 NPR Staff 55019 at http://kunc.org Never Truly Over: Discussing Deployment A Challenge Of Its Own Severely Burned Marine Finds Strength In Nascent Marriage http://kunc.org/post/severely-burned-marine-finds-strength-nascent-marriage In June 2008, Marine Cpl. Anthony Villarreal was driving back from a mission in Afghanistan when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. He was 22 at the time and recently married to Jessica, who was just 21.<p>Villarreal suffered third-degree burns over most of his face and body and was very severely disfigured. His right arm and the fingers on his left hand eventually had to be amputated.<p>"I remember trying to breathe. I just felt, like, real hot — like I was on fire. They were dragging me on the sand and there was rocks there ... and it hurt, but I couldn't scream," he says. Sat, 09 Nov 2013 13:21:04 +0000 51735 at http://kunc.org Severely Burned Marine Finds Strength In Nascent Marriage With Veteran's Life In Peril, His Parents Take Up The Fight http://kunc.org/post/veterans-life-peril-his-parents-take-fight In October 2005, 21-year-old Army Sgt. Erik Schei was shot in the head during his second tour in Iraq. The bullet shattered the top half of his skull.<p>Christine and Gordon Schei got the phone call about their son's injury at around 4 a.m. Christine Schei says her husband was "white as a sheet" and shaking after answering.<p>A sniper had struck their son; a bullet "entered above his right ear and exited above his left," Gordon Schei says.<p>"They told us he'd be a vegetable his whole life — wouldn't be able to eat, wouldn't be able to speak," he says. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 10:02:00 +0000 50687 at http://kunc.org With Veteran's Life In Peril, His Parents Take Up The Fight Hotline Responders Answer Veterans' Desperate Calls http://kunc.org/post/hotline-responders-answer-veterans-desperate-calls Responders at the <a href="http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/">Veterans Crisis Line</a> work to help veterans through their darkest hours. The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the hotline, the only national line dedicated to helping veterans in crisis.<p>A <a href="http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2427">report</a> in February was the most comprehensive to date from the VA on veterans and suicide. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:47:00 +0000 49597 at http://kunc.org Hotline Responders Answer Veterans' Desperate Calls How Two Veterans Helped Each Other With A Second Chance http://kunc.org/post/how-two-veterans-helped-each-other-second-chance Marine Cpl. Paul Wayman and former Navy SEAL Nathanael Roberti met in 2012, after finding themselves in front of a special court for veterans.<p>The court takes into account the specific struggles that service members face, so the judge gave each of them a choice: go to prison, or enroll in a program that helps veterans readjust to civilian life.<p>They chose to go through the program, Veterans Village of San Diego, located in a California live-in facility.<p>The road to that choice was perilous, though. Wayman, 28, served as a scout sniper in Iraq. Sat, 10 Aug 2013 11:49:58 +0000 48193 at http://kunc.org How Two Veterans Helped Each Other With A Second Chance