What It Means to Be a Veteran: Reflections on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

by michael mcbride

Poem


Calculated Risks

by Neal Morrison Jr

Poem


Feelings

by Lenny Ellis

Poem


Lost and Found

by Lenny Ellis

Poem


The Forgotten Terps

by Shon Pernice

Prose


My Indelible Military Career

by Katherine Iwatiw

Prose


FIRST JUMP

By Richard McKay, Army

Writing Type: Poem

The young paratrooper prepared to leap,
his guts were a quiver and his feet were asleep.
He shuffled to the door that was open wide,
and thought of the others who had jumped and died.
He gazed out upon the empty air,
and his heart was filled with a great despair.
He didn't look down and he didn't look up,
but still he puked in his vomit cup.
The red light was on, less than a minute to go,
How he got into this is what he wanted to know.
What crazy, irrational, foolhardy quirk
had ever persuaded him to enter this work?
While racking his brain to answer this riddle,
he knew in his pants he was starting to piddle.
Upon hearing the Sergeant holler, '""Get ready!""
he grabbed for his knees to keep them more steady.
Was it glory, or fame, or just for the loot
that he got into this game of descending by chute?
He thought at this point the question was moot,
and was helped out the door with the aid of a boot!

Poppy array

by Penny Deere

Array


Casualties

by Daniel Allen

Poem


Ode to a Desert Warrior

by kimberly green

Poem


Cuban Missile Crisis

by Gary Jenneke

Prose


Withdrawal

by David Cahn

Prose


Lost and Found

by Lenny Ellis

Poem