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When Words Can Heal: Veterans Writing Project

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Telling one’s personal story can be transformative … The Veterans Writing Projectdraws on that concept by offering free writing seminars to Military members and their families. We hear an overview of the program from two instructors: Dario DiBattista, a marine veteran and retired naval officer Jerri Bell. Then we meet former army officer Matt Condon, a student in the program who shares some of his work.

For information on the Veterans Writing Project, visit this link and for the online journal, 0-Dark-Thirty, visit this link.

Links for books: Retire the Colors, andIt's My Country Too, It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.

Melissa Gerr is a Senior Producer for On the Record. She started in public media at Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minn., where she is from, and then worked as a field producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. She made the jump to audio-lover in Baltimore as a digital media editor at Mid-Atlantic Media and Laureate Education, Inc. and as a field producer for "Out of the Blocks." Her beat is typically the off-beat with an emphasis on science, culture and things that make you say, 'Wait, what?'