July 2013

Features

The Call of Battle

Jun 10, 2013 By Matt Cook

I was a soldier who neither loved war nor hated it, but I couldn’t ignore the fierce lure of combat. Six years after I came home from Iraq, I had a successful career, a beautiful wife, and a bright future, but one day I woke up and realized I had to go back to war.

A Homecoming at Fort Bliss

Jun 19, 2013 By John Spong

Soldiers and their families wait desperately—and courageously—for the moment when they will be reunited. And when, for the lucky ones, it finally comes, it does not disappoint.

Columns

The Long Return

Jun 10, 2013 By John Spong

After more than a decade of combat, Texas soldiers are finally coming back for good. But the real journey home still lies ahead.

Editor’s Letter

Jun 10, 2013 By Jake Silverstein

Every year on the Fourth of July, the Austin neighborhood where I live has a fairly extensive parade. It’s about as all-American a scene as you can imagine: flags, classic cars, little kids riding on their parents’ shoulders, the smoky scent of backyard barbecues. Usually there’s at least one person dressed…

Reporter

Five Things You’ll be Talking About in July

Jun 10, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

1. How Dry We Are When the heat has even the grackles lying low, the pleasure of a swimming hole cold enough to knock the breath out of you is limitless. Alas, water is not, a truism sorely evident to the residents of the Hill Country town of Wimberley,…

The Re-Searchers

Jun 10, 2013 By Michael Ennis

Why, in books and movies (not to mention politics), we keep returning to the epic frontier struggle between the Comanche and the Texas Rangers.

Touts