The retreats bring together veterans of foreign wars, their family members, and local communities in an attempt to heal the distance between the warriors and those they protect. In providing a safe and supportive time and place for veterans to share stories and consider significant events and results of their war experiences, the retreat also helps to bridge the gaps between war and peace, trauma and renewal, pain and understanding. The point isn't simply recounting "war stories" as much as finding meaningful and healing ways to carry the dramas and traumas of combat. We will focus on creating a "community of veterans" that goes deeper than political opinions and gives voice to frequently unspoken aspects of war and its aftermath. Through sharing, discussion, writing, and embodied practices, key feelings and memories are explored and placed into healing contexts.
A collection of original, immediate poems by veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, and their families that address the shocks experienced in battle and the emotional and physical repercussions that follow war. Voices of Vets expresses compelling feelings and thoughts about the horrors of war, the reasons for going, and the anguish and difficulty involved in trying to find a way home again.
Includes Michael Meade's essay, War, the Underworld, and Initiation.
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