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VA Presents: My Life, My Story

  • Kari: A big, wonderful, dysfunctional family

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

    9 JUN 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.
    Played 10m 13s
  • Eugene: He helps me, and I help him

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

    26 MAY 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.
    Played 8m 43s
  • Kevin: Boring can be good

    19 MAY 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.
    Played 9m 18s
  • Florian: the story everyone wants to hear

    26 AUG 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.
    Played 10m 32s
  • Jimmy: Leaving a mark

    19 AUG 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.
    Played 9m 46s
  • Jeb: The Guy Who Got Out

    12 AUG 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.
    Played 9m 21s
  • Kevin: Getting tattoos

    5 AUG 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.
    Played 13m 5s
  • Alexis: What family's supposed to do

    29 JUL 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.
    Played 9m

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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