Faces of The Homeless 2

by Ty Andrews

Drawing


My grandson

by Ty Andrews

Drawing


The State of the Nation: Various Levels of Pain

by Charles Marshall

Poem


My First Day in the Field (The Jungles of Vietnam)

by Louis Ferrari

Prose


He Was the Enemy: A Soldier's Dilemma

by JonnieLynn Donatelli

Poem


First Day in Vietnam

by Daniel Strange

Prose


The Old Warrior

By Brant Parker III, Army

Writing Type: Array

--By Brent Parker III

VA Medical Center--Cincinnati, OH



The old warrior, a fierce fighter,

answered the call of his country in two wars.

Battle war-torn, he served his time in hell.

He returned heavy laden with medals,

a hero, no talk of battles won and lost.

 

Wizened, aged beyond his years,

he continued marching forward

until death called the old warrior,

no escape and evade this time.

 

Nightmares and flashbacks

all faded to black.

His swan song,

his war had ended at last.

 

Smartly dressed in his blues,

medals resting upon his chest,

he was America’s best,

pass and review.

 

The 21-gun salute rang out true.

And the old warrior was finally laid to rest.

 

Dedicated to James M. Blackwell, Vietnam combat veteran, 
USMC Force Reconnaissance 1965 - 1967. He died from 
complications of Agent Orange exposure. 
Writing group: Cincinnati VAMC

 

Notes:

Faces of The Homeless 1

by Ty Andrews

Drawing


I Left Mississippi

by Benjamin Williams

Poem


The Walking Wounded

by Benjamin Williams

Poem


"Forecaste"

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Women in the Military History Speech – March

by Judith Leu

Prose


A Soldier's Wife

by George Kulas

Prose