R. MORGAN CRIHFIELD – On The War Writers' Campaign
Sergeant R. Morgan Crihfield served in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Texas Army National Guard. He is an alumnus of Midwestern State University with both a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work as well as a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. He currently works as a therapist specializing in Post Traumatic Stress and Depression. He currently lives in north Texas with his wife, children, and two lazy Labradors.
The term “Blue Falcon” is a euphemism for someone who screws you over. It can refer to anyone, from a supply clerk who messes up your paperwork, a leader who doesn’t take care of his or her troops, or even your best buddy when he or she pulls a prank on you.
The fictional Army unit in the book has the New York state bird—the Eastern bluebird—on its patch. Because soldiers are soldiers, they complain about anything and everything, and think (maybe not so unfairly) that their leadership is a bunch of blue falcons. They start calling the patch “the blue falcon,” rather than the bluebird, much to the chagrin of their commander.
Flight of the Blue Falcon is a fictional account of many of my military experiences, as well as a few anecdotes and stories from soldiers and veterans I served with or met after leaving the military. I started writing the novel while I was on my second deployment, but I decided to wait until I came home and took off the uniform before I finished it. All told, it took about a year and a half of writing and editing.
Napalm and Filet Mignon, released in December 2014, consists of author, John Jennings' contrasting journey from an army combat-infantry soldier on patrols and in firefights in the central highlands of Vietnam, to a waiter for the General's Mess Hall - serving the commanding officers gourmet meals of lobster and filet mignon.
Congratulations to Shoreham's intrepid kayakers, headed by Tom Spier and Veteran Ryan Weemer, shown here July 26th as they made landfall at Shoreham after their historic 20 mile crossing of the Sound from Milford CT.
The War Writers’ Campaign is a publishing platform with the mission to raise awareness and promote social change for veterans. But the campaign is much more than a collection of stories and memoirs—it’s a way to immortalize stories and raise proceeds for vets’ mental health organizations. Proceeds from sales benefit veterans’ mental health organizations, such as program-partner IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of america). Contributing writers of longer works are also paid a royalty.
Post-war stories are part of our national lexicon. In the last decade, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have created a new generation of veterans with unique narratives to share. The War Writers’ Campaign and Words After War are two organizations now emerging as lightening rods for these voices, encouraging an openness of reflection that will not only forge a new shelf in our literary canon, but also reinforce a strong and lasting dialogue between veterans and civilians. Let’s take a deeper look at both and then hear from their founders on literature’s role in shaping history.
A newly-formed veteran nonprofit organization called The War Writers’ Campaign is hoping to encourage veterans to write about their experiences in war as a powerful therapy tool.
The campaign aims to maintain a long-term platform that facilitates the consolidated efforts of servicemembers and veterans to promote mental therapy through the literary word, all while raising funds for best-in-class veteran organizations and mental-health programs. They are also launching external with a partnership alongside Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, with the hopes of gaining a national audience.
Their first featured work Conquering Mental Fatigues will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. All of all proceeds go to the War Writers’ Campaign.
See the full video here on Colorado’s 9 News – KUSA – TV
Guide To a Few Nonprofit Groups Providing Care to Veterans
July 2013 - Jonathan Raab
Over the next several years, the United States government estimates, one million veterans will leave active-duty military service. Many will need health care or disability compensation. All will go through a process of learning to be civilians again, an often-difficult process.
Once, society assumed that government agencies – the Veterans Affairs Department, the Defense Department or local governments – would provide that assistance. But increasingly, the support is coming from a diverse array of nonprofit organizations and local community groups.
These organizations take very different approaches to advocacy. But most see the need for a continuing, comprehensive process to help veterans return to civilian life, a process that will require not only large-scale services, but also personal engagement from civilians.
Check out how The War Writers’ Campaign is making a difference on The New York Times‘ At War Blog.