Sherri Williams
Multimedia Journalist

Sherri Williams is a magazine, newspaper and online journalism graduate student. She has lived across the country and has a special affinity for the South, especially Mississippi. Sherri enjoys living life and writing about it.

Children Left Behind
Wives Left Behind
Mothers Left Behind
Soldiers Before Citizens
One of the Guys

A message for ...

Photo by Juliette Lynch

Three months have passed since we posted our stories and folded up the tents. We've gotten a lot of great feedback and some good exposure, and we thank everyone who took the time to click on our work.

We've all moved on to other things now – internships, jobs, finishing up degrees and starting toward new ones. As our time in the woods of Washington fades into memory, though, it's hard to forget the personal stories we heard from the men and women who have served our country.

All good things ...

All of us with our K Diamond K friends!

Well, last week we packed up and moved out of the K Diamond K bunkhouse, where we had been living for nearly seven weeks. 

Now we're back in Syracuse, working in a windowless, fluorescent-lit room in Newhouse. Don't get me wrong, the computer labs at the university are fantastic, but nothing compares to working in a window-filled room surrounded by beautiful mountainous landscapes.

Mom's helper? Grandma

Daralyn with two of her grandchildren. Photo by: Sherri Williams

Daralyn Hollenbeck spent the weekend feeding, bathing and reading to her energetic grandchildren. Between kisses and hugs she played with them outside, took them for a walk and put them to bed. She took over and played mom to her grandchildren for a few hours to give her daughter-in-law Amber Hollenbeck, 27, a break.

All of the household and parenting responsibilities are on Amber now that her husband and Daralyn's son, Josh Hollenbeck, 29, is deployed in Iraq.

Health for women

News 21's Kelly West & the VA hospital's Julie Liss Photo by: Sherri Williams

Women veterans are the fastest growing demographic among the nation’s veterans and the VA hospitals are trying to keep up with the growth and the unique needs of females in the service.

Our Friday visit to the VA hospital in Spokane underscored that.

Soldiers before ...

Soy Redthunder and Jim Smith. Photos by: Kelly West

Warriors have always been important in Native American culture. Fighting to protect family, home and land continued as a priority even as white settlers took over and pushed Native Americans from wide and open lands to cramped corners. Native American veterans on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation told us so this week when Kelly West and I talked to a couple of them on the reservation.