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Annual Veterans’ Pen Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 12th, 2016,  2-4pm,  at the World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo

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Please join us for The Annual Veterans’ Pen Celebration, and our keynote speaker Lou Eisenbrandt. Lou Eisenbrandt is a Veteran and Author of “Vietnam Nurse:  Mending and Remembering”.

About our Speaker – Lou Eisenbrandt

Growing up in a small Illinois town, Louise (Lou) Graul Eisenbrandt decided to join the Army in order to “see the world.” After graduating as a Registered Nurse in June 1968, she attended basic training, then headed to Ft. Dix New Jersey, her first duty assignment.

In September 1969, she received orders for Vietnam, arriving there on November 1. During her year at the 91st Evac Hospital, she cared for GIs, South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and even Viet Cong and NVA soldiers. From malaria and hepatitis to double amputees, massive head traumas, and deadly bullet wounds; Lt. Graul saw it all.

Since 1970, she has made four return trips to Vietnam, the latest in September 2014, when she joined 11 other vets making their first return trip to the country.

For the past 30 years, the author has been sharing her experiences with students and community groups. In addition, she is Chairman Emeritis of the board of Turning Point in Leawood, KS.

Vietnam Nurse

Combining narrative and poetry, photos and documents, Lou Eisenbrandt’s Vietnam Nurse tells the compelling story of how a Midwestern woman, born with a little wanderlust and a lot of courage, found herself serving as a nurse in Vietnam during some of the most dangerous and damaging stretches of the war in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During her service, Eisenbrandt encounters life-changing stories, most notably her own, as she writes in one of her poems, that spark “Songs of love and loss, of sweat drenched nights and blood smeared days.” Since the war and through her many return journeys to Vietnam, Eisenbrandt shows us her deepening commitment to service, widening search for truth, and enduring creation of a life that matters.

—Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate

 

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VETERANS’ PEN CELEBRATION SPONSORS

Gold Sponsors

Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Lynn & Robert Mackle

Honorable & Mrs. Thomas C. Clark

Frontier Wealth Management

Silver Sponsors

Triple-I

Bronze Sponsors

Jerry D. Brown

Greg & Deann Mitchell

The Shirley & Barnett Helzberg Fund

Single Source Printing

Veterans Voices Celebrates 70 years!

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Veterans Voices is excited to celebrate 70 years of providing therapeutic writing to veterans! Watch both here and on Facebook for the various ways we’ll be celebrating this year. Join with us and share with fellow veterans, friends and family.

Lost

by Dorothy Remo

VA Media Center, San Antonio, TX

Typist: Lee Torres

 

What is it like to think you might be crazy or acting crazy when nothing is certain? Everything has turned so different. I’m looking at my world from a distant place where I’m not participating, no interacting.

My thoughts have blown up–they are so big and consume all my time. Are there aliens in the corner? I want to ask someone. It looks like there are buy my eyes can’t see clearly. I can’t ask because no one is paying attening to what’s happening, to what I’m seeing and feeling.

Everything that is….    Read more in the Spring 2015 issue of Veterans’ Voices magazine.

Seeds

by Paul Wilkison

 

Every civilization

Contains within

Itself two types

Of seeds:

At the beginning,

Seeds of greatness.

At the end,

Sees of destruction.

 

VAMC, Albuquerque, NM

Writing Ade: Phyllis Bibeau

Typist: Jane Harvey

Now Accepting Online Submissions

We are excited to announce that you can now submit your work online for possible publication in Veterans’ Voices. Tell your friends, family and fellow veterans.

http://www.veteransvoices.com/write/writing-submission/

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Double Love

By Jesse W. Sturghill, Jr, VAMC—Memphis, TN

Writing Aide/Typist: Susan Matthews

 

To measure your love is a very hard test.

It must have the unity and highest respect.

People talk of hate and pain every day,

The only solution is to have double love in play.

 

To live a good live, you must know what these things mean.

Today is not promised, tomorrow is never seen.

I met an old man who once had a good start.

His hopes were all crushed by a broken heart.

 

One day it will be my chance at success.

Until that, I’ll work hard and do my best.

To live a good live you must know what these things mean.

Today is not promised, tomorrow never seen.

Veterans’ Day

By David B. Waldon, VAMC – Prescott, AZ

 

Today I saw grown men cry

As they looked a statue in the eye.

A flood of memories they have to hear.

We will never understand since we were not there.

 

They served this country like many before,

But we pit on them and slammed our doors.

So many died; I watched the news wild eyed.

I could not wait to fight by their side.

 

Fifty-thousand young men never came back,

So we built a wall that makes it fact.

The parade was great, the smiles, puppies, and people galore.

For an hour we forgot that we still at war.

 

Our freedom each day has been paid for with blood.

There’s a solider somewhere in the rain and the mud.

He never really knows if he will ever come home,

As he sits on a hill afraid and alone.

 

The one thing he has is his brother beside,

And together they fight for all of our lives.

So remember these men in your prayers every night,

They are standing guard so we can sleep tight.