Kelly Kennedy served in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 1993, including tours in the Middle East during Desert Storm, and in Mogadishu, Somalia. She works as a plain-language writer for The So Company, worked as a health policy reporter for USA TODAY, spent five years covering military health at Military Times, and is the author of “They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq.” She is working with Marine Lt. Col. Kate Germano on a book to be published by Prometheus Books. In 2010, she received an Honorary Mention John B. Oakes environmental journalism award for her reporting on burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, she was named one of four finalists for Atlantic Media’s Michael Kelly Award for a series, “Blood Brothers,” about a unit she embedded with in Iraq. She is also a 2008 Ochberg Fellow, sponsored by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma; and a 2008 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Foundation Fellow.