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 has worked as a health policy reporter for USA Today and spent five years covering military health at Military Times. Kennedy is the author of They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2011) and the co-author of Kate Germano’s Fight Like a Girl: The Truth About How Female Marines are Trained (Prometheus, 2018). In 2010, Kennedy was awarded a John B. Oakes environmental journalism honorary mention for her reporting on burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. 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.