The Last Nam Vet

by Richard Wangard

Prose


A Tree

by Charles Fredette

Poem


My Prayer

by Kenny Trujillo

Poem


Poppies

by Bryan Moore

Art


VFW

by Dan Yates

Array


Friendly Fire

by Kenny Trujillo

Prose


He Is in the Wind

By Matthew Davison, Air Force, USAF

Writing Type: Poem

By Matthew David Davison

VA Medical Center--Long Beach, CA

 

I don't recall the moment it happened.

I only know that one minute I was in an intense firefight,

and in a flash I was hovering over the noise and chaos.

Later, I watched, disconnected, as a steel casket

draped with an American flag was loaded on board

a transport aircraft.

I knew I was not in that casket,

and that I needed to be home with her.

 

I needed her to know I was okay, that there was no pain

and that I was at peace.

I couldn't wipe away her tears as she cried out my name.

And at the funeral, my hand softly touched her hair in the wind,

as she was presented the flag, fixing her gaze upon the ground.

I wanted to tell her not to be sad.

I wanted her to know I would never leave her.

I wanted her to know that there is no death,

and that the spirit lives eternal in the wind...

in the beauty of nature.

 

On the day she went to The Wall, I went with her.

She left a letter near my panel. It was a beautiful tribute

to what once was ours.

It was supposed to rain that day, but the sun shone

and it was a glorious day.

As she was leaving The Wall, I whispered, “I love you.”

She turned and faced The Wall one last time.

Then she walked away with the wind at her back.

Clematis in Our Garden of Eden

by Gene Groner

Photograph


The Track Adjustment

by Brant Parker III

Prose


What Veterans Voices Means to Me

by Daniel Paicopulos

Poem,Prose


The Perfect Band-Aid

by Phil Hosier

Poem


My Prayer

by Kenny Trujillo

Poem


Nowhere to Run

by Lawrence Rahn

Poem