They Were Warriors First

by Matthew Davison

Prose


The Gates of Nothingness

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


Solitude by the Sea

by William Anderes

Poem


Combat Nursing

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Prose


Just for Today

by Michele Johnson

Poem


The Turret Guard

by Jack Tompkins

Sketch


The Total Price

By Boyd Burke, Navy

Writing Type: Poem

By Boyd Alan Burke
VA Medical Center--Pueblo, CO

The cost we pay can never be
Planned. Some give all and 
Some are destroyed partway!
There can be some who come out
Unscathed in much of any way.
The cost can never be calculated
In dollars or cents in any of the
Endeavors once started.
The cost can only be done when
The final breath is taken.
The thought of need is not
Challenged at the time in any way!
The thought is realized in the end
And viewed for what it is worth.
The cost of thought, when doing it,
Is to analyze it from start to finish.
The cost you paid: was it enough
Or not the price you wanted to pay?
The cost you paid: was it worth
It in the end today?

Sergeant Mackey

by Dwight Jenkins

Poem


The Gates of Nothingness

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


Dwell in Hope

by Ben Hawkins

Poem


Metamorphosis of the Mind

by Shon Pernice

Prose


The Nurses and Staff of My VA Hospital

by Jeffrey Saarela

Poem


Medication Blues

by Lynn Norton

Poem