Voices of Vets A Welcome Home Ceremony - November 10, 2011
                                       Voices of Vets, A Bridge Back Home
This rough-cut video involves footage from Voices of Vets events and interviews with participants of past retreats.
Vets3 This important program began when Vietnam era veterans participating in discussions at a Mosaic mentoring event considered how they might help soldiers returning from current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Broader discussions with Vietnam veterans revealed an intense desire and need to offer painfully gathered knowledge about how those returning from war might find their "civil feet" again and rejoin their communities as valuable, functioning members.

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.



Listen to a NPR interview with
Michael Meade and veterans


Voices of Vets :
A Bridge Back
to the World

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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