Stories by Gail Sheehy

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    The Urge to Serve

    During the run up to the Iraq War, Tee Hanible, a young Marine working a desk job, asked to be deployed. It meant leaving her child behind. What makes a mother of a 3-year-old girl feel such a powerful need to sacrifice for her country?
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    A Race to Save Seniors

    As the storm surge rose, an army of health aides jumped barriers and waded through water to get to their housebound patients.
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    How to Survive When You Become a Caregiver

    Once, turning 50 meant a new kind of freedom: kids grown, finances secure, and time freed. But now many adults find themselves responsible for an elderly parent. Unprepared, unsupported, and undervalued, how can caregivers keep it together? Gail Sheehy investigates.