Adversity is misfortune when things go wrong: medical conditions, finances, family and spouse problems, friends, or even transportation. I could list a book filled with adversity. Something will always go wrong no matter how and what you plan. It is a part of life and human nature.
Adversity is a powerful word, but the real power is how you deal with it. You still have to function. Life is not going to stop because of an individual’s adversity. Get help. Treatment centers, church, peers, doctors, counselors and most of all self-awareness can help solve problems.
Always remember when you think you have encountered insurmountable adversity, there are others with problems greater than yours.
”Hooray” is the closest spelling I can come to for ”Ooh-rah” in the English dictionary. The term ”Ooh-rah” is not even listed in this dictionary I have on my shelf, so I apologize: I don’t know how to spell the word. Obviously, as I write this article, a Marine is not handy to assist me with my spelling. I know ”Hooray,” an expression of joy, is not what the Marines had in mind when they invented the word ”Ooh-rah,” but it’s close enough to ”affirmative” or ”you got that right” for the purposes of this article.
What I mean to say is: ”good going” Veterans’ Voices magazine. This magazine has been a great help to me personally and to others as well. Writing for the magazine helped me work through my problems. Many a night I have awakened between 1:00 and 3:00 a.m. with the problems of my world sitting squarely on my shoulders. I would think of suicide for a few minutes, and then, I would turn to my word processor or my computer and work on a story for Veterans’ Voices. If I wasn’t sure what to write about, I would read from Veterans’ Voices until an idea hit me. If I drew a blank for a story or article idea, I would instead work on ideas for raising money for the magazine. When people talk about writing as a therapeutic outlet for the mind, I think back to those many nights of darkness and despair that I went through. I wonder what would have happened if it weren’t for the magazine and the creative outlet it offered me during the middle of those horrible nights. I think about the guys coming back from war these days and the problems they must have on their minds and in their guts. Why is the suicide rate so high for our returning military these days? Thoughts of suicide or just thinking a suicidal thought is nothing for the living to be ashamed of, and the dead don’t feel guilty. Maybe the solution is to write about those feeling instead of acting on them in a shameful way. After all, one of the purposes of this magazine is to give a veterans a voice, don’t you think?
I wish for a time when Veterans’ Voices will go out to many more veterans to let them know we are thinking of them. If the magazine could afford to publish more magazines, maybe the returning veterans could know that we are interested in their stories. Support Veterans’ Voices magazine by spreading the word and encouraging others to subscribe today, or think of a way to look for new donors that can help support the magazine’s efforts.
Saturday, Nov. 12th, 2016, 2-4pm, at the World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo Register today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-veterans-voices-pen-celebration-tickets-27911438865 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(…)
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.
2013 Veterans Pen Celebration View Event Photos Saturday, November 2, 2013 2 – 4 p.m. Location: National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial 100 W. 26th St., Kansas City, MO Highlights: Premiere of the VVWP DVD “Veterans’ Voices…. Alive and Well” Featuring Veterans’ Voices authors & writing aides Writing Aide Phyllis Bibeau, Albuquerque VAMC & Volunteers of VVWP(…)
Deann Shinkle Mitchell, Vice President, VVWP and Deb Lilla, Marketing Committee Chair, discuss the Veterans Voices Writing Project (VVWP) that utilizes therapeutic writing to rehabilitate veterans on August 12, 2015. Listen here
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(…)
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
Radio interview with Veterans’ Voices Editor in Chief, Margaret Clark, as KMBC’s Person of the Week for April 13, 2015. Hear some fantastic stories of the impact Veterans’ Voices has had on healing veterans from the hidden wounds of war. You won’t want to miss this!!