Perhaps more than any collective human endeavor, war exacts the heaviest psychological, spiritual and emotional toll.

War divides us all.

Military service members are separated from society by their very roles.

Civilians are similarly separated from veterans, their families, and an understanding of their service.

Indeed, in the past 10 years, only about one half of 1 percent of us has served in the military.

During times of war, soldiers bear witness to acts of intense human suffering or commit acts that may transgress deeply held moral beliefs. Following war zone deployment, soldiers clean their weapons, separate their personal items from issued equipment and gear, and attend required transition assistance classes. However, leaving the moral conflict is not so easily left behind.
Civilians, in turn, experience the trauma of long-term separation, fear, anxiety and the loss of family, neighbors and fellow citizens. Despite these shared burdens there is a profound absence of sharing between veterans and civilians about their experiences related to war.

Stories We Carry Brings Us Together.

From the ancient Greeks to the Americans Plains tribes, Zulu and Masaai of today, acts committed during war were seen to affect not only returning warriors but society as a whole.
Stories We Carry honors our social contract to welcome and reintegrate veterans back into society. We cannot heal unless we step forward and agree to carry our stories together.