Memorial Day 2016 brought, as it does every year, a lot of terrific writing about our Military. I was particularly moved by a Wall Street Journal piece by Jack Estes, the author of the 1987 Vietnam Memoir “A Field of Innocence.” In “Gurney. Tiny. Pig Pen. I Remember Them All,” he created the lives his fallen comrades might have lived. It is wonderful and heartbreaking.
Of course, the candidates draped themselves in the flag, and some of them stood on stage with members of the military. Nate Bethea wrote about that in the New York Times today in “Veterans Aren’t Campaign Props.” Nate was an Army infantry officer from 2007 to 2014, and is a teacher with Voices From War, a creative-writing workshop for veterans and their families.
While researching Nate, I came across a terrific website called “Task and Purpose,” and this piece, which is especially meaningful for our writing Vets: “There’s No ‘Right Time’ to Share Your Personal War Story.” Give it a quick read — and then pick up your pen! Task and Purpose is a news and culture site geared toward the next great generation of American veterans.