Sergeant Mackey

by Dwight Jenkins

Poem


A Knock on the Door

by Diane Wasden

Prose


Just for Today

by Michele Johnson

Poem


A 1984 Exception

by Katherine Iwatiw

Prose


Writing Really Does Help

by kim gwinner

Array


How

by William Shepherd

Poem


MY HERO

By Michael Harmon, Army

Writing Type: Poem

In 1969 two things happened.
I was drafted and I was 1narried.
Michael, my son, was born with a
congenital brain disorder which
caused him to have strokes every few years.
As an infant he had strokes,
and as a kid, then as a teen.
We went horseback riding,
at first just mounting, then assisted riding,
then unassisted riding at a full gallop.
That helped him develop and helped him
overcome his paralysis.
After several weeks of horseback riding
he walked across a room and talked, too.
I was in the fight with him to help him develop
and he came a long way.
He was walking and talking.
He went to school at St. Timothy
where everyone liked hin1.
He was a special kid full of courage and kindness.
And we were very close, as one, really,
Until it happened.
A final stroke at 19 ended his short stay
after fighting alone in a coma for a year.
But I don't feel I ever lost him.
His spirit remains in me ...
Mikie forever alive.

Notes: Meg Reese

They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


The Turret Guard

by Jack Tompkins

Sketch


The Nurses and Staff of My VA Hospital

by Jeffrey Saarela

Poem


Jamie and Roxy

by Richard Wangard

Prose


The Promise

by Nila Bartley

Poem


Purple Heart

by John Swainston

Poem