We are excited to welcome Ron Capps from the Veterans Writing Project as this year's Anne Smedinghoff Award Recipient for our 2017 series Undercurrent. The Veterans Writing Project is a Washington D.C-based nonprofit founded upon the core belief that every veteran has a story worth telling. VWP provides no-cost writing seminars to veterans, service members, and military family members and commits itself to helping veterans cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. As the founder and director, Ron Capps served 25 years in government service between the Army and the Foreign Service. Capps has been published on Time and The New York Times, and served as a consultant for Time, Rolling Stone, and PBS Frontline. His memoir, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years - outlining his time in the service and his personal struggles with PTSD - was published in 2014.
We've collected some incredible excerpts of writings from the project for you to peruse. Join us at 7:30 PM in Mudd Hall on April 5, 2017 to find out more.
Interview with NPR
"Back From The Brink: War, Suicide, And PTSD" by Ron capps
Here's an excerpt from one of Capps thrilling pieces. You can read the rest of the short story here.
"Extreme Measures" by Larry Thacker
TED Talk: Bearing Witness to One's Truth
Inspired by the Veterans Writing Project, English teacher Jim Ott began to teach writing courses to Veterans in California. Ott discusses the importance of empathy and supporting veterans through the healing process in this TED talk. Watch the full video here: