The second volume of collected works written by veterans and family members of the US Armed Forces was launched in St. Louis on Friday, the 15th. In attendance at the evening launch at the St. Louis Public Library Central Branch (a beautiful building that has recently completed renovation) was military historian and writer John C. McManus, representatives of the Warriors Arts Alliance and the Missouri Humanities Council, veterans from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and their family members. Some of the contributors to the anthology that were in attendance read their pieces, or excerpts thereof.
This collection of essays, interviews, poetry, and short fiction gives a glimpse into the experiences of the veterans during war time, their transition back to home life, and dealing with PTSD from both the veteran’s and family member’s perspectives.
Submissions are currently open for the third volume, tentatively set for publication in November 2014.