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Title: StoryCorps-Warmamas Community Archive, 2013-2015Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: ASM0700

Creator: StoryCorps (Project) (2003-)

Extent: 67.0 Items

Arrangement: This collection is arranged by interviewee.

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The StoryCorps-Warmamas Community Archive (2013-2015) is a collection of interviews with enlisted men and women, veterans, their family and friends. The collaboration between StoryCorps and Warmamas is part of StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative which serves as a platform to allow military families to share their experiences.  Warmamas also places a special emphasis on intervieweing women whose children were deployed  to serve in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As a repository for personal reflections on the ramifications  of war, the collection includes individual testimonies and helps to document American history.

Biographical Note

The StoryCorps oral histories project began in 2003 as an effort to “provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and preserve the stories of our lives.” As of 2015, the project has recorded more than 50,000 interviews with more than 90,000 participants. The work of StoryCorps provides an “invaluable archive for future generations,” and is housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Subject/Index Terms

Oral history

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is available for viewing on-site from the Special Collection's reading room and from the University of Miami Richter Library. Please contact Special Collections the following phone number: 305-284-3580 or email: asc.library@miami.edu to listen to the interivews. Special Collections is located at the Otto G. Richter Library on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami at 1300 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33124.

Use Restrictions: Courtesy of StoryCorps, a national nonprofit dedicated to recording and collecting stories of everyday people. Any other uses of this material--for commercial or non-commercial distribution, editing, exhibition, publishing, publicly performing, publicly displaying, reproducing on a website, or quotation beyond "fair use"--requires the permission of StoryCorps. For clearance, please contact StoryCorps at http://storycorps.org/about/inquiries/.

Acquisition Method: Gift of Patricia Sowers and StoryCorps, 2015.

Related Materials:

Caribbean Diaspora Oral History Collection - Patricia Sowers, Director/Founder, Warmamas.

StoryCorps Historias Interviews Collection, 2009-2010

StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative

StoryCorps Historias Digital Collection

For more information please see http://www.warmamas.com/.

Processing Information:

StoryCorps/Warmams summaries (Series 1) by StoryCorps, 2015.

Warmamas summaries (Series 2) by Jean-Paul Gilmour (Student Assistant) under the supervision of Beatrice Skokan (Manuscripts Librarian), 2016.


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[Series II: Warmamas, 2013-2015],
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[Series IV: Afghanistan Voices by Tim Carpenter of Colorado Springs, 2013],
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Series II: Warmamas, 2013-2015Add to your cart.
Warmamas is a project about a special group of mothers. They are the mothers of soldiers who serve - or have served - in our military in a time of war. The majority of these soldiers have been deployed to the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Most have returned home. Some have not. This project attempts to provide the mothers of these soldiers a public platform on which to tell their own stories, each narrative as unique as it is universal.
Item 1: Interview with Irma (Part 1)Add to your cart.

Irma conveys her initial worries when her sons, Carlos and Enrique, enlisted into the navy. She knew that in the Navy they would be a lot better off as opposed to the other branches of the military, but she still worried about their wellbeing.

The interview is in Spanish.

Item 2: Interview with Irma (Part 2)Add to your cart.

Irma is upset by the fact that that people remain unaware that soldiers are dying every day or that people tend not to acknowledge what is going on in the world. She is confused as to why the military is still deployed in Iraq when the “targets” have already been eliminated.

The interview is in Spanish.

Item 3: Interview with Janine (Part 1)Add to your cart.

Janine recounts how her son, Johnny, was like when he was younger. She states that the boys enlisted go through a process of “brainwashing” into becoming a Marine. She networked with other mothers from the same troupe in order to cope with the fear.

The interview is in English.

Item 4: Interview with Janine (Part 2)Add to your cart.

Janine explains how her son Johnny was not the same, when he returned home after serving for 5 years. She also describes struggles the returning soldiers experience when they return, such as a complete loss of respect and medications that impair mental functions.

The interview is in English.

Item 5: Interview with Janine (Part 3)Add to your cart.

Janine describes the experience she went through when Johnny attempted his first suicide. She says how he got a service dog and that Koby, his service dog, helped me greatly, but the post-traumatic stress  still existed.

The interview is in English.

Item 6: Interview with Janine (Part 4)Add to your cart.

Johnny started to disconnect from everything that was bringing him back to reality. Johnny committed suicide. Janine is infuriated with the VA, because they pushed the medication that ultimately killed Johnny.

The interview is in English.

Item 7: Interview with Janine (Part 5)Add to your cart.

Janine started a PTSD rally to help raise awareness. She also asked Johnny’s friends how they coped with their trauma. Janine describes how she has all these new programs for veterans so that those involved in the program always have something to do for veterans and that they can keep busy with each other.

The interview is in English.

Item 8: Interview with Janine (Part 6)Add to your cart.

Janine is encouraging other mothers to join and help her stop the suicide rate of veterans. She wants the buddy system active everywhere so that no other son is killed by their own hands.

The interview is in English.

Item 9: Interview with Juana (Part 1)Add to your cart.

Juana tells the story of how her son, Jason, was wounded during a weekend mission. She also describes the scenario of how he was wounded and the harshness of war. Her was able to reassure her that he was alive and well.

The interview is in English.

Item 10: Interview with Juana (Part 2)Add to your cart.

Jason was in the hospital and he gave blood in order to save another soldier’s life, despite already losing blood. She explains the difficulty in having multiple children being deployed in a war zone and  how her son began to write stories to cope with the experiences.

The interview is in English.

Item 11: Interview with Juana (Part 3)Add to your cart.

Juana reads a story about how her son went through turmoil because a soldier that was under his command lost his life in combat and how he had to write the letter to the  deceased soldier's wife. Another story retells the struggles of delivering supplies on the ground, how dangerous it was because the enemy had the area heavily guarded, and the decision take someone’s life.

The interview is in English.

Item 12: Interview with Juana (Part 4)Add to your cart.

Juana recounts the experience of what it was like when her husband returned from war and the anxiety he endured. She then fearfully imagines what her sons will go through when they return home. Jason then writes a letter to her, writing how frustrated he is and that he doesn’t want to be there in his last weeks and Juana sets him straight.

The interview is in English.

Item 13: Interview with MarleneAdd to your cart.

Marlene describes how her daughter took her initial enrollment lightly and was mostly concerned about her hair and makeup instead of her life. After boot camp, her personality was different and she didn’t even wear makeup anymore. Her daughter eventually couldn’t sleep due to the nightmares and terrors. She kept herself occupied with different activities. Marlene explains how she lives in fear of her daughter getting shot or dying. Marlene started a school program help the soldiers by communicating with her daughter. She highly recommends involvement within the community.

The interview is in English.

Item 14: Interview with Mary (Part 1)Add to your cart.

Mary has two sons. The first joined the Marines soon after 9/11. She recognizes that she was selfish because she didn’t want her son deployed, but she also understood that it was a time of war and that he had to serve his country. She describes her second son who admired his older brother and wanted to share in that pride. He joined the Air Force because he identified better with them. Mary was devastated that both sons joined a branch of the armed forces and when both were picked up, they left everything behind.

The interview is in Spanish.

Item 15: Interview with Mary (Part 2)Add to your cart.

Mary comments that her sons weren’t brainwashed, but rather they were matured into “good men”. She got in contact with a prayer group of other families for soldiers. She says that the meditation vastly helped her out, especially during the years of Iraq. She advises others to have faith and hope for the best. She highlights the reality of not knowing if your child has died that day, especially if you don’t hear from them. All she can do is give her support. She shares how she paints in order to vent her emotions.

The interview is in Spanish.

Item 16: Interview with Patricia (Part 1)Add to your cart.

Patricia begins by talking about sending letters or at least a sentence or two everyday through email. She is upset at the people who insult the army. Patricia says that the soldiers are dying for those who insult the army, but acknowledges that people have the right voice their disagreement. Nevertheless, those that insult don’t realize the pain they are causing. She questions what causes these inflammatory comments. She lays her faith in Christ and uses her belief as a source of strength. Her son also shares his commitment to the Lord and the manner in which he asks God to help him live one more day.

The interview is in English.

Item 17: Interview with Patricia (Part 2)Add to your cart.

Patricia recounts how she made sure her son did the proper research before deciding on a branch of the military. She explained how well he did after he joined. She even goes into some detail about basic training and technical training. Patricia then says how her son is a natural born leader and that he was promoted rapidly due to his devotion and skill.

The interview is in English.

Item 18: Interview with Patricia (Part 3)Add to your cart.

Patricia says that it is a relief to know that someone else shares her burden and it is an immense support. She fears for her son’s life and she is more than glad to help out the troops, because she knows that it’s not just her son; each enlisted person is someone’s child. She withholds information from her daughter-in-law so that she won’t suffer like she did. She expresses the fear that the soldiers felt when the Taliban shut down a school and not even the lives of  the children were guaranteed safe.

The interview is in English.

Item 19: Interview with Queen (Part 1)Add to your cart.

Queen’s son went into the military after receiving his associates’ degree and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. When her son was deployed, his wife was pregnant and she gave birth to his first daughter; with the second child, he made sure he was there.

The interview is in English.

Item 20: Interview with Queen (Part 2)Add to your cart.

Her son surprised her for Thanksgiving and gave her a pair of diamond earrings and necklace. Patrick, her son, was being deployed again and made a point to present his gift in person because he didn’t know if this was the last time he would be seeing his mom. She advises to be strong for your child  and to send care packages. She also asked her daughter-in-law not to pressure Patrick into doing anything he doesn’t want to, to not ask about what happened when he was deployed. Patrick described a situation in which his life was almost taken by a missile.

The interview is in English.

Item 21: Interview with Rose (Part 1)Add to your cart.
Item 22: Interview with Rose (Part 2)Add to your cart.
Item 23: Interview with Rose (Part 3)Add to your cart.
Item 24: Warmamas Round Table (Part 1), 2013Add to your cart.
"In early Spring 2013, three mothers met for lunch to talk about their experiences of having sons serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Sharing pictures of grandchildren and a few glasses of wine, we are made privy to the many ways they continue to support their children as well as the lessons learned on how to best manage their own fears - whether it's through Buddhist meditation or actively supporting returning soldiers." - Warmamas
Item 25: Warmamas Round Table (Part 2), 2013Add to your cart.
"In early Spring 2013, three mothers met for lunch to talk about their experiences of having sons serving in the Middle East and Afghanistan. Sharing pictures of grandchildren and a few glasses of wine, we are made privy to the many ways they continue to support their children as well as the lessons learned on how to best manage their own fears - whether it's through Buddhist meditation or actively supporting returning soldiers." Warmamas

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[Series I: StoryCorps, 2014-2015],
[Series II: Warmamas, 2013-2015],
[Series III: Veterans History Project],
[Series IV: Afghanistan Voices by Tim Carpenter of Colorado Springs, 2013],
[Series V: Warmamas Web Collection, 2016-],
[All]



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