Historian, author, editor, educator Remy Benoit's ongoing weblog for Veterans, writers, students, others who believe in learning from and making history. Thousands of articles and posts and a free writing seminar, Using History for Healing and Writing.
—"The best works by living writers on the heart of New Orleans." Miz' Remy is the author of Annie.
He walked the city streets at night all through the late forties.
A car backfired, and he hit the ground.
It is in the eyes; in the eyes where they have been, what they have seen.
Oh, you’re back.
No one who was not there, wherever there was, be it the Meuse-Argonne, the beachheads at Normandy; the snow of Korea, the green heat of Vietnam, or the dry sand of Desert Storm can really know what lies behind what is in the eyes.
Yet we must be here for you; we must let you know that whatever you saw there, whatever you had to do there to survive belongs to all of us; for we have made a covenant with our soldiers; that wherever you went, wherever we sent you, we would be here for you when you came home. It is a covenant too often not honored, and yet it must be.
When you were small children you were, hopefully, though not always, loved and cherished. When you became young men and women we sent you to far off places to fight for us. Very often in those places all the rules were turned upside down; all the belief systems challenged; survival becoming the intake and outlet of breath in strange and terrifying, soul burning, situations.
As Tim O´Brien notes in his book, The Things They Carried, could, indeed, be quite heavy.
Your burdens are ours to share; your burdens are ours to lighten.
This website is dedicated to those who served, wherever, whenever, in whatever capacity.
Whatever burden you carry: you may share it here.
Did you see an act of courage that has not been recorded?
Did you feel a terror you still haunts?
Is your life shadowed by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and flashbacks; does it influence each step and decision that you take and make?
Is there something you need to know about Veterans´ Benefits? We will try to direct you to the proper, knowledgeable, sources.
What do you want others to know about the verities of soldiering; of nursing, doctoring, ministering in combat zones?
You are welcome to share here whether you are in the United States or any other country around the globe. We ask that you send your story in English, even if it is imperfect, as there are simply too many stories in too many languages for us to begin to translate.
If you can´t, send it on and ask for a translation from one of our readers.
As regards language, we realize that the language of combat is not the language of the dinner table. Expletives are appropriate where needed in that sense, but we do ask that this site not be used for name calling and unrestricted venting, and we reserve the right to edit.
We ask for truth; we ask for you to share your stories so that we may understand and help carry your burdens; so that future generations may know that war is not neat and tidy; but muddy wet hot/cold, dirty, and death dealing.*
Personal stories are welcome; reviews of books relating to war, history, personal experience are welcome. Our objective is to learn, to teach, to share. We cannot pay you in financial terms for your contributions; we offer you the opportunity to share.
Fiction, poetry, essays related to this topic are welcomed. You will be notified once your contribution has been placed on site.
Topics relating to spiritual healing are also welcomed, as are book reviews relating to them.
If you have a particular area of expertise, please do contribute your words.
New items will be added on a weekly basis.
It is a long term intention that the work here contributed will be compiled into standard book form. When that is done, 70% of the proceeds will go to Veterans´ organizations, the rest being left to cover compilation and publication costs. You will reserve the copyright to your individual pieces.
As an historian, teacher, writer, Veteran advocate and counselor, I have been asked many times what is the place in history of my war; what does my war mean; how can writing and talking about it help me to heal and gain perspective?
In answer to that question, I have written a seminar called Using History for Healing and Writing. I am putting that here for you, pro bono in its electronic form, in installments. It is my hope that you will find it helpful.
When I asked for contributions to it, people in all age groups, from pre-teens to septuagenarians contributed their work, pro bono, for you.
If you feel comfortable sharing what you find in following the writing exercises, please do share that with us.
We ask also that your share your ideas about what you would like to see on this site; that you suggest links to other sites that might be helpful to Veterans.
The contact e-mail address is listed here at the site. We will respond to all of you; please allow time for us to get to each inquiry.
So, for those of you still waiting to hear it, Welcome Home, Soldier.
For all of you, thank you for being there for us.
Rhea and Jordan Devereaux had it all: undying devotion, a tender love, and a grand passion. And then the Vietnam War separated them. Follow the course of their love across time and space. Journey with them through the steaming jungle; dance with the Mardi Gras revelers while revolution unseats Louis XVI and protestors on the Washington Mall scream, Hell, NO. We won't Go. Sail with Laffite's pirates into Devil's Isle and rejoice as an unconditional and timeless love emerges victorious.
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