The One They Wanted is a short story about the uphill struggle of reintegration back into civilian society for servicemembers.
Gabriella Barton, a recently separated Army Staff Sergeant, keeps finding herself an outsider in places that are supposed to feel like home after a decade in the military. The only time she can find any reprieve is talking with her adoptive brother and fellow soldier, Patrick.
To date I have lost more friends to suicides and ODs after their time in service than I have to combat. I originally wrote this as a short reel for a friend and fellow servicemember, Marjorie Guzman, but it turned into something more. It turned into a story that hasn’t been told yet despite the litany of stories about combat, trauma, and trials of war, this is a story about what happens apart from that