Annual Veterans’ Pen Celebration

Annual Veterans’ Pen Celebration

2019 Celebration:

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 2-4 p.m. at The National World War I Museum and Memorial 2 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64108 Join us in our 55th annual celebration of writing as therapy and to raise funds for the Veterans Voices Writing Project. SpecialDr. Robert Rubin Navy Veteran and retire Chief of Psychiatry and Mental Health at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System to discuss “The Healing Potential of Writing and Visual Art” and to introduce the Veterans Voices Visual Arts Initiative.


VVWP – Going Digital

Arts & Aging – Portrait of Veterans
Excerpt from Jon’s book – Triage
Excerpt from Jon’s book – Triage

Crossings, A Doctor-Soldier’s Story

In Iraq, as a combat physician and officer, Jon Kerstetter balanced two impossibly conflicting imperatives–to heal and to kill. When he suffered an injury and then a stroke after his third tour, he wound up back home in Iowa, no longer able to be either a doctor or a soldier. In his memoir, Kerstetter beautifully illuminates war and survival, the fragility of the human body, and the strength of will that lies within.

Our 2017 Speaker

Jon Kerstetter received his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota and his MFA degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He practiced emergency medicine and military medicine, serving as a combat physician and flight surgeon for the US Army National Guard and completing three combat tours in Iraq. He has also taught disaster relief and practiced emergency medicine in Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Honduras.