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The Words of War

By Remy Benoit

Many of you have told me that it needs to be written out. Getting things down on paper helps with healing, helps gain perspecetive on the things you have known. Thus, the writing seminar here, Using History for Healing and Writing, that is just a click away.

There is a project now available, Operation Homecoming, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Defense Department that can help you also.

From CBS and Christine Lagorio Their War In Words.

For the specifics of this Operation Homecoming.

Pick up a pen or a pencil, sit down at a keyboard. If you have trouble getting started, write about anything - the weather today, your dog or cat, the desk at which you are sitting - let the words come until the ones you are looking for begin to spill out.

Don't try to edit in the initial writing, don't worry about spelling, sentence structure, or paragraphing; don't worry about the "perfect word." Rather, let it flow, all the rest will fall into place later.

Writing like this will probably make you feel tired, drained, as it is pulling things up and out of you. Take the time to rest between writing sessions.

If what comes out seems too much for you to handle, get some help. The links here have lots of connections you can contact for help. Do it. You are not alone. You do not have to carry all of it alone. Writing it out will help the healing begin.
Don't push it. The body and mind have their own timetable.

You are welcome to share your writing here. Just click on Feedback. And check this out too War Poetry Contest.

From Dan Frosch, San Antonio Current and Veterans for Common Sense VA under fire: Agency criticized for its treatment of soldiers returning home.

Again, these books will help you to understand what you are feeling.
On Killing:The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society by Lt. Col. David Grossman.

Achilles in Vietnam by Jonathan Shay.

Odysseus in America : Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming by Jonathan Shay with Forewards by Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Max Cleland.

You may also find this book useful The Language of War by James Dawes.

And here is something for you to consider. From Time and Lev Grossman The Army's Killer App Game designers go to boot camp to perfect the video game the military uses to entice new recruits.

From CNN Iraq blast kills 3 U.S. troops.

Donations to my work here and site maintenance, even the smallest, would be deeply appreciated and help me to carry on. Just click on donations. If you would like to sponsor Welcome Home Soldier, please contact me through Feedback. Thank you so very much as I really need some help here.


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