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The VVA Veteran Reviews Prelude

Prelude was recently reviewed by David Wilson, a reviewer from the site “Books in Review II.” Wilson's review eloquently chronicles his reaction to the novel alongside his own experience in Vietnam. "I highly recommend this novel, both as a good read and as a glimpse into the lives of...

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50,000 Names – A Reflection

I first heard this song a few weeks ago when I helped staff  a Vets Journey Home retreat.  One of the processes we were given time to do was to write a letter to a POW/MIA.

I sat there in the still and quiet of that room among those participants and staff (that included many veterans,) and for the first time I can remember, I focused my energy on those soldiers.  It was the first time I ever really thought about them, their young lives, their sacrifices, hopes and dreams~  and oh, oh my God . . .  their fears.   And the families they left behind~  and how old those families are today.

I joined the others who had begun writing.  And I wrote . . .  and wrote, never realizing until that day two weeks ago, how much was inside me that I had to say to those soldiers. Those POW/MIA’s.

I never knew . . .  I never knew until that day.

Forty years inside me.

And Gene, the VJH leader, joined a few others on that rainy Monday morning in a pilgrimage to The Wall.  There, he placed the envelope of letters, my letter, my husband’s letter.

A few days later when VJH sent us a photograph of Gene with our envelope standing before The Wall  ~  the sense of release shocked me.

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