• Kari: A big, wonderful, dysfunctional family

    2 AGO 2023 · A smart, funny sailor talks about her journey from being a cook on a destroyer to a counselor on an aircraft carrier.
    10 min. 6 sec.
  • Luke: Turnip soup, black bread

    9 GIU 2023 · This amazing story details the day-to-day existence of a prisoner of war in Germany during World War II, and also what followed his liberation.
    10 min. 13 sec.
  • Eugene: He helps me, and I help him

    2 GIU 2023 · A veteran discovers at 20 years old something that upends everything he thought he knew about himself. But life goes on.
    8 min. 52 sec.
  • Greg: Just keep pedaling

    26 MAG 2023 · “You never know what other people are going through." That's a cornerstone idea for the "My Life, My Story" project, and it really rings true in this story about Greg.
    8 min. 43 sec.
  • Kevin: Boring can be good

    19 MAG 2023 · Where you start in life can go a long way toward determining where you end up as an adult. But it doesn’t have to.
    9 min. 18 sec.
  • Florian: the story everyone wants to hear

    26 AGO 2021 · The story that Florian tells in this episode is literally the stuff movies are (and have been) made of. Whether or not you know the history of the USS Indianapolis, this is a story worth hearing.
    10 min. 32 sec.
  • Jimmy: Leaving a mark

    19 AGO 2021 · A taxidermist who trekked alone through China and made it into a book called "Weird Wisconsin" -- those are some of the highlights of this wonderful veteran's story.
    9 min. 46 sec.
  • Jeb: The Guy Who Got Out

    12 AGO 2021 · A lot of people have screwed up, royally, at least once in their lives. They've crashed cars, yelled at the wrong guy in a bar, fallen asleep on guard duty, cheated on their spouse . . . or worse. Sometimes, people dwell a lot on the screw-ups. But in Jeb's case, we hear more about what it means to deal with regret while moving on.
    9 min. 21 sec.
  • Kevin: Getting tattoos

    5 AGO 2021 · Many of the veterans we interview are very sick. Sometimes they're even in hospice care. Those patients are often very aware that the end is near. When that's the case, it can really shape what a veteran has to say about his or her life as a whole.
    13 min. 5 sec.
  • Alexis: What family's supposed to do

    29 LUG 2021 · From sibling rivalries to birthday traditions, Alexis's story highlights the highs and lows of family life. Her story was written by a medical student, part of a growing educational trend of having future doctors and nurses interview patients and write up their life histories.
    9 min.

If someone asked you to tell your life story, what would you say? Since 2013, writers from the “My Life, My Story” project have asked more than 5,000 Veterans at...

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If someone asked you to tell your life story, what would you say?

Since 2013, writers from the “My Life, My Story” project have asked more than 5,000 Veterans at VA hospitals around the United States to tell their life stories. With the Veteran’s permission, those stories go into the Veteran’s medical record so that VA health care providers can read them and get to know their patients better.

On this podcast, we’ll share some of our favorite stories from over the years.
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