All posts by: Liz Giertz

Are You Running on Empty?

I’m not sure which is more nerve-wracking: keeping young children from playing in the street, teaching your older child how to drive, or letting her drive alone. My teen daughter had just left the house and had only been gone...

Take a Knee

There is something special about a military ceremony. All those Soldiers marching in formation. Eyes focused on the commander. Ears attentive to the bugle call. Shoes and brass glinting in the sun. They take their places in perfectly straight rows...

Homecoming

There is nothing quite like a homecoming ceremony. It doesn’t even have to be my own husband returning to make joy leak from my eyes and smear my mascara. After months spent separated, two people in love are finally face-to-face...

Finding Peace in Troubling Times

  I laced up my boots and straightened my starched uniform every morning as I left for work before the sun rose above the horizon. I was a Soldier and a combat veteran. Strong. Confident. Competent. But I packed a...