Ok, now come kick the tires at VeteransTales.org.
We invite every veteran and child of a veteran to come visit and rummage through old letters and stored emails and photos and bring us some of the stories you recall from your tours, daddy or granddaddy’s, or from all those mothers, wives and sweethearts “who also served” by watching and waiting.
This will not be a political blog, but one cannot help but notice from recent events that the principal way in which the “love America” part of our culture is passed these days is through our connection to the military. It may be the only place left in America where the values of America are passed on institutionally.
Families of veterans are vastly outnumbered by the machine-like size of an education system hell-bent on destroying our ability to pass on naturally, from parent-to-child, to grandchildren, just what it means to be an American. So we will speak a lot about the “Passing On” aspect of that long line of military men and women in our histories, at Veterans Tales.
It’s one of several “Themes” Nessa and I are discussing, to create special sections at the site.
Another “theme” -, see just below Allen’s art of a Doughboy writing home from a bunker in France, you’ll see his BEER TENT, which is another, a place where vets can tell more ribald stories, as well as melancholy ones. Many beer tents end up being confessionals.
We’re also considering a “Famous Common People” section, as that is what jump started this idea in the first place, and while I can’t speak to veterans’ face-to-face encounters with villagers in the Middle East, I can guess they got the same mixed reviews as troops in SE Asia, who had every ugly name in the world for them, yet married thousands there and brought them home. And ex-Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, Navy Cross and Purple Heart recipient, can tell you of the courage some villages in Afghanistan showed against the Taliban while saving his life.
Again, it’s that special connection between common ordinary military members and the people on the ground that make up the heart and soul of the America we want to see beating stronger and stronger.
Also, note the drop-down called “SECTIONS”, where, when posting you can tick off where you want your story to appear, by era (WWII, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and others), and branch of service. Our screeners will review them before approving the submission for publication.
You don’t have to be great writers, you don’t even have to spel good, you just have to have a story you’re itchin’ to tell, and then find out who wants to share in that story. Navy guys are even allowed to start out their tale with “Now this ain’t no s**t”, like they always did in my generation.
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