They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


Our Lonely Death

by George Nolta

Poem


My Trip to Catalina

by Jonathan Craig

Prose


A Place Where Soldiers Go

by Paul Gonzales

Poem


This Road I Am On

by David Marchant

Poem


That Look

by David Marchant

Poem


This Valley of Thistles

By Mary de Morales, Army, National Guard

Writing Type: Poem, Mix media design process

By Mary de Morales
(Kara to fill in address information)

Dear heart and gentle one,            
You have trouble near the water's edge.
Thistles' roots take hold of you,
This valley is all you’ve ever known.
The thistles may not be aware, 
Seeing changes to speak of--I do not dare.
For all they’ve done, withstood such pain,
Strong and proud, I see their strength,
These thistles.
I reflect all the time of sadness growing,
Receiving not one damn DIME!
Their losing friends that needed losing,
Found true hearts along the way.
If these thistles become strangers,
That would be so very sad.
Tell them always so not to forget.
I love you, Thistles.
This valley is all you’ve ever had.
Pain--Strength--Survival--MST!

Notes: Written in anger at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center and Dorn VA Hospital. 1993 and 2002, denied claims for Hearing Loss and MST.

Answer to Our Youth

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Dance Little Children

by Dennis O’Brien

Poem


Somewhere a Woman Is Building an Ark

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Poem


Solitude by the Sea

by William Anderes

Poem


What a Beauty

by Jack Tompkins

Sketch


Empty

by Michelle Pond

Photograph