Remote Control

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Dog Days - A Blast from the Past

by Penny Deere

Prose


Faces of the Homeless 3

by Ty Andrews

Drawing


A Door to the Future

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Poem


Memories of a Battlefield Nurse

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Poem


Why We Stand

by kimberly green

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.

MIA--Missing in America

by Matthew Davison

Poem


Daddy's Hand

by Dan Yates

Poem


Lonely Soldier

by Jason Bartley

Array


Ride 'em Cowboy

by Dan Yates

Prose


A Tear

by Dan Yates

Poem


We Never Learn

by John Swainston

Poem