This #GivingTuesday you can make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families. This year, go beyond “Thank you for your service” and help veterans, service members, and their families capture and publish their stories by supporting the Veterans Writing Project.
VWP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides no-cost writing workshops for veterans and family members, and publishes their writing in our acclaimed literary journal, O-Dark-Thirty. Since 2011, we’ve presented our seminars and workshops in seventeen states across the U.S., and we’ve published the writing of nearly 400 veterans and family members. In doing this we’ve worked with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, The Gulf War, Somalia, The Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan. We’ve welcomed family members, and surviving family members into our seminars in order to capture even more of the military experience.
Around the country we’re building relationships with county and state arts councils, public libraries, colleges and universities. With partners like Wounded Warrior Project, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Wilderness Society, we have created and support writing groups in Oregon, South Dakota, North Carolina, Virginia, Missouri, and elsewhere. We teach our programs at VA hospitals and at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence—DoD’s premier research and treatment facility for PTSD and TBI.
We want to do even more, and you can help. All of our work is presented at no cost to participants, so we need support. Your contribution of $40 can provide an annual subscription to O-Dark-Thirty to a deployed unit, to hospitalized or incarcerated veterans, or to a library. A donation of $100 can help cover transportation costs for our instructors to teach our seminars around the country. Can you give even more? $500 will cover half a day’s instruction for twenty-five veterans.