From Vietnam Veterans Against the War,

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Warrior Writers

By Lovella Calica

Warrior Writers is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans' experiences, provide a creative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to the lived experiences of warriors.

We are excited to announce the completion of the third anthology by Warrior Writers! After Action Review is a powerful collection of over 100 creative works by veterans who have served in the US military since 9/11, most having deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. The book features work by many veterans from Iraq Veterans Against the War, such as Garett Reppenhagen, Kelly Dougherty and Jon Turner. It also features art from IVAW's Field Organizing Team including images from Aaron Hughes and poetry by Maggie Martin. With creative expression as a unifying force, veterans from many walks of life share poetry, prose, stories and visual art to articulate what is too often unspoken. These honest, self-reflective works of art collectively move us towards better understanding veterans' experiences.

Although the Iraq War has been declared over — the stories, memories and experiences live on in our veterans. As those who want to truly welcome our veterans home, it is up to us to read and share what they have to say. Please consider purchasing a copy of After Action Review for yourself, for veterans or family members you know, for your local library, etc. For information about bulk pricing, contact, or order your individual copy today for just $20 at

Lovella Calica uses art-making, especially writing, as a way to heal and survive life experiences.

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