We’ve heard a lot of war stories over the years from the Veterans we’ve interviewed for the “My Life, My Story” project. Here is a love story on how Veteran Stan met Ginny, the woman he’d marry.

Because the MLMS project focuses on Veterans’ entire lives – and not just their time in service – we also hear a lot of stories about first loves, broken hearts, and the secrets to long marriages. For this special Valentine’s Day episode of the My Life, My Story podcast, we’re bringing you a love story that has a little of all three.

The story of how Stan met Ginny, and how they eventually made a life together after his time in the Army was over, is at times funny, sweet, and sad. His story also illustrates how, with a little help, people can do things differently than their parents did them – and how that’s not always a bad thing.

We’re currently combing through our archives of several thousand stories that we’ve collected from Veterans at VA hospitals around the country so that we can release another dozen stories for the second season of our podcast. We hope to have them out soon. The stories run the gamut of life experiences, from a survivor of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis to the story of an Iraqi war Veteran whose life pivoted in middle age after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.

More materials about the My Life, My Story project can be found on the Whole Health website: https://www.va.gov/wholehealth/circle-of-health/me.asp

Seth Jovaag is a writer, editor and producer for the My Life, My Story project.

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  1. William B. Porter February 18, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Beautiful, moving, salt of the earth story… I listened and was moved; I’ll be posting for my advanced Japanese students of English to listen to as well; they’re mechanics and technicians who maintain and repair our 7th Fleet warships here in Yokosuka, Japan.

    Life stories didn’t seem so moving as a young, “I’m gonna live forever (please!)” Marine headed through a hopefully-cleared minefield into Kuwait during Desert Storm 30 years ago, but peering over the time wall to age 60, they are all beautiful, moving, and important. Thank you for posting these podcasts. They’re an untapped resource in so many ways.

    God bless, and Semper Fidelis.

    V/r, Bill Porter

  2. AllenHahn February 18, 2021 at 9:30 am

    These stories would be great to listen to but I am deaf. How can I read them is that possible?

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