Growing up, I watched a lot of television. (Like, a LOT.) I gravitated toward the types of shows with storylines centered on relationships.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for love.

These shows always seemed to feature a female lead dating a war veteran. And though intoxicating to my younger self, these story lines had a problem: They were all extremely limited. They only showed a one-dimensional portrait of what it’s like to date someone who’s been through a literal war.

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