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Writer Corps: A 'safe space' for mid-state vets to share their experiences

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (OSBORNE)  --  A writing program for veterans launched here in the mid-state now has chapters nationwide and overseas.

Middle Tennessee State Professor of English Matthew Brown launched Writer Corps in 2009. The purpose of the Corps is to help veterans and their families better articulate their “thoughts, feelings and experiences.”

Dr. Brown says it’s been especially difficult for recent veterans to share their experiences, because most Americans really know very little about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“A frustration that nobody knows what they’ve done. They want to say, ‘We support the troops,’ but it’s an empty phrase. They don’t know where they served. They don’t know what they’re serving for.”

Army veteran Patrick Brown is a long-time Writer Corps member. He calls the twice-a-month meetings with other vets a “safe space” where he can share his thoughts.

“Just being in a room with fellow vets and BSing and talking about our time in the military even though we were in different places at different times in different branches, we’re still all veterans and had some of those shared experiences.”

There are now Writer Corps chapters in seven states, as well as Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and in China.

Would you like to visit the Writer Corps website?  

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