HOSPITALIZED VETERANS WRITING PROJECT INC
January 29, 2011
I have been a poetry editor for Veterans' Voices magazine--part of The Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project--since 1976. The magazine publishes prose and poetry written by vets under the care of the VA. This writing therapy project has served veterans from every war and engagement since WW II. Writing about experiences, emotions, fears, and challenges has given solace and encouragement to thousands of veterans throughout the county. Also, by writing, veterans explore the world of creativity--a world in which they can expand and develop their talents. Not every piece of writing published in Veterans' Voices could be published in a literary journal unless the pieces were judged on how much they touch and heal hearts. Veterans' Voices currently pays each veteran upon publication and also offers cash prizes for each issue. The pride veterans feel when they see their work in print is priceless for them and for our country.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I've met and talked with many veterans who have participated in the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project and without exception have been told that writing has done as much to heal the spirit as medical care.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
We need more donations to enable the organization to continue to sustain the quality of the magazine and the payment to the veterans. Donations would also allow for more venues for marketing and advertising.
Volunteer & Poetry Co-Editor of Veterans' Voices Magazine.