Veterans Healing by Writing War Stories

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Daniel Gomez served four tours in Vietnam. Twice-wounded, he contracted malaria and was exposed to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. When asked why he was attending the writing workshop, he said, “To figure out why the hell I’m still here.”

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Veteran writing program Co-Director Indigo Moor works with Emtt Hawkins, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, to express his feelings about his experiences.Poet, screenwriter, and author Indigo Moore (standing) is Co-Director of a writing program for veterans. By helping them to remember their experiences and writing them down in free verse poetry form, the hope is that the exercise will help them confront the demons their war has left them to deal with.Five Sacramento area military veterans from throughout Sacramento took part in a writing exercise. Co-Director Indigo Moor (at the head of the table) assists participants in writing about their war experiences in free verse poetry form. The four-session series serves as therapy for those who still suffer the psychological effects of war.U.S. Marine Corps veteran Daniel Gomez served four tours in Vietnam. Twice-wounded, he contracted malaria and
was exposed to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange. When asked why he was attending the writing workshop,
he said, “To figure out why the hell I’m still here.”