Teresa Fazio was a Marine Corps officer from 2002-2006, deploying once to Iraq. Her writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Chariton Review, and at Task & Purpose. She has also appeared at the Kennedy Center, on C-SPAN, and on the Wall Street Journal's Digital NewsHub.
The Supreme Court ruling on the rights of same-sex couples to marry has strengthened the rights of gay service members to openly own their stories. During this era of sweeping social change for the military — which is also expanding women’s roles in combat arms professions — storytelling programs connect Americans with service members whose lives have rarely been explored. StoryCorps, a nonprofit, has since 2003 recorded, preserved, and shared more than 2,500 oral histories in its Military Voices Initiative, including those of gays and dual-military couples.