Not surprisingly, I migrated toward covering the U.S. military through being an Air Force spouse. However, that was more a matter of location than circumstance, even if my first assigned military-related article was a first-person account for Good Housekeeping who saw me, a civilian male military spouse, as a rare species. With my wife and I being stationed in England, I found my best freelance markets to be travel and lifestyle articles for the leisure magazines published for overseas American military members, establishing a regular contributor status with one such magazine, Off Duty's Europe edition. When I returned to the United States, my Off Duty allegience transferred to the American edition, which focused on military family issues and eventually expanded to military personnel policies. That put me on the path to becoming editor of The Officer magazine published by the Reserve Officers Association (now the Reserve Organization of America), writing on the full range of military matters.
"Combating Suicide: Suicidal behavior is on the rise in America's armed forces, and the Reserve Components are as prone to the trend as the Active Component members. In this special report, The Officer looks at the challenges and strategies of tackling the problem of suicidal behavior; delves into the realm of resiliency; presents the views of a top Army leader and a junior, prior-enlisted Air Force officer; and profiles an Army Reserve combat stress team." The Officer, February-March 2010 (Reserve Officers Association, now the Reserve Organization of America)
"The True Trauma of TBI: What is called 'mild traumatic brain injury' has serious repercussions for warriors in a medical and cultural landscape of ignorance and bias." The Officer, November 2008 (Reserve Officers Association, now the Reserve Organization of America)