Warrior Transition Brief
Written by Kevin Stoy
Rest assured, your Marine has been eating well.
Not only MREs. Fox company, for example,
has just received a state-of-the-art field kitchen.
The FOBs also recently obtained gym equipment,
where your Marine’s regular workouts keep him
fit for combat. His upcoming transition is what
should concern you most. Like deployment,
reunion is a process, not an event,
and with suicide as the second-leading cause
of death in the Corps, it can take a tremendous toll
on the resources and readiness of the unit involved.
For more information on this topic, including how
to respond to sudden episodes of panic or outbursts of rage
and why your Marine may not seek help, see below.
Please know explaining more could compromise
operational security, which can in turn, cost lives.
About Kevin: Kevin Stoy’s poems have appeared in Southern Poetry Review, 42opus, and Boxcar Poetry Review, among others. He has most recently read from his work at the 2012 Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington, D.C. and the War, Literature and the Arts Conference at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He earned his MFA from George Mason University, where he currently works in the University’s Honors College.