This I Believe—Stories from the Military Family

For many people in the military community, there is perhaps no time that belief is more emphatically tested and acted upon than in war. There is tremendous pride that comes with serving our country or having a family member serve in the military. At the same time, there can be heartache, loneliness, and a constant fear for the safety of that son or daughter, sister or brother, father or mother who is stationed far from home.

To bring attention to the unique strength and convictions of America’s military community, This I Believe is honoring our nation’s servicemen and women, veterans, and military families by sharing the stories of their core values and deepest beliefs. If you are a service member, veteran, or a military family member, we want to hear from you. Please submit your essay here.

Click the links below to explore the beliefs of our country’s military community.

November 8, 2007

Pieces of Home

I believe that my brother will come home soon. For many military families, this hope has slipped past them. I still hold onto my hope. Every phone call makes it just a little bit better. Since RJ is on the...
September 23, 2007

My Son, My Hero

Shortly before my son, Gideon, enlisted in the Army he broke up a bloody dog fight between our beloved Tito, a cocky medium sized Rotwieller and Irie Girl, sixty pounds of pure Pit-bull muscle. Both dogs were good friends but...
February 27, 2007

Custodians of the Constitution

I believe in our Constitution. I believe in our Constitution because I am an officer in the United States Navy and it comforts me, helps me […]
January 15, 2007

My Husband Will Call Me Tomorrow

While her husband is on duty in Iraq, Becky Herz is home caring for their baby daughter. She is able to tend to her day-to-day responsibilities because she believes her husband will call her tomorrow.
November 13, 2006

Untold Stories of Kindness

As an Army medic in Iraq, Sgt. Ernesto Haibi has seen his share of violence and death. But despite his wartime experiences, Haibi believes mankind’s goodness can foster a positive, more peaceful future.
July 10, 2006

The Strength of a Man’s Soul

I believed that I was a strong man. Then I met Muhammad. Serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division as an Arabic linguist in 2003, I met scores of Iraqis. Muhammad was the first Iraqi with whom I had...
June 22, 2005

Always a Marine

I have noticed as I've grown older that my belief has become stronger in one area. The area is in the Marine Corps. As a young man, I joined the Corps five days out of high school; not because of...