Lives of Veterans Revealed in Stories and Poems

I am a poet by life experience and Army Officer by trade, U.S. Army Captain Adrian Massey wrote on his blog in 2008 during his second tour in Iraq. While in Iraq, Captain Massey created his blog to share life “as I know it” in Baghdad: “The good, the bad, and the ugly.” 

Veterans and service members who are authors have stories to tell and they are sharing them in their own special way, whether at home or on active duty. 

A Soldier's Poetic Response
Captain Massey ultimately penned a book of poetry titled, A Soldier’s Poetic Response: A Slice of His Lifewhich features the poem, “The Bugle Calls” in tribute of those who gave their lives for our country. The following is an excerpt from the poem: 

Although your journey shortened, a Soldier's soul never dies.
A flag is folded for you, and the bugle tone vibrates
similar to your spirit in the air; it never ceases, always plays.
You are remembered and respected as I pray for you, having been a  witness at the windows of your soul. 

In some instances, authors, like T. Patrick Devlin, who are not veterans, write convincingly about war, the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life, and problems veterans have with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 


In his first book, Redball Mission. Devlin skillfully weaves a story about a Viet Nam veteran having difficulties with what he perceives and what is actually occurring. The difference, at times, becomes very thin: 

Redball Mission
About a hundred years ago, after I got back from Nam, I wasn’t fit to be in civilized company…I had forgotten what life was in the world. 

This was the essence of the DoD’s readjustment plan for personnel returning from a war zone. It was the, "You’re on your own” readjustment plan. 

After learning and perfecting the techniques of slaughtering other human beings individually or en masse, the grunts were rotated out and sent home to reassemble the fragments of their lives as if nothing had ever happened. 

Read sample chapters of the book on our blog by going HERE.

In his second book, Dancer & Other Tattered Threads of PTSD Lives: After the Wars, Devlin has taken the challenges veterans with PTSD face and conveyed them into three short stories: "Dad's TV," "Dancer," and "Roadkill."

Dancer & Other
Tattered Threads

 To listen to an excerpt of the short story, "Dancer": 

Whether writing fiction or nonfiction, veterans and service members who are authors are having their say and sharing their stories with the masses–and readers are all the better for it. 

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