“SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

MAMF Special Projects Writer Caroline LeBlanc is seeking stories for:

SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

This anthology seeks first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that will allow you to tell parts of your story that will also be helpful for others to read—others who live or want to understand the LGBT veteran experience. The last chapter of the book will list resources available to LGBT veterans.

Do not submit any materials previously published in print or online. Identifying information should be included in the body of the email only.

What Genres to Submit:

Fiction: up to 1200 words.

Non-Fiction (memoir, essays, and other non-fiction): up to 1200 words

Poetry: up to 40 lines.

Reviews: up to 1200 words about a movie, book, music, etc. that you think are important for others to know about.

Resources: submit information on resources you have found particularly helpful. (Name, webpage, telephone number, and services)

 You may submit up to 2 pieces in each genre. Each piece must be attached in a separate file. All pieces in a given category must be submitted in the same email. Pieces in separate categories must be submitted in separate emails.

Submissions are accepted between March 20 and June 20, 2016. For more information or for guidelines on how to submit, please visit:

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The Museum of the American Military Family is compiling stories for a book reflecting on war…

 Attention New Mexicans, who are serving in the military, are military veterans, are members of a military family, and would like to write about your experience in that capacity…

 Paul Zolbrod, Writer-in-Residence for the Albuquerque-based Museum of the American Military Family is seeking stories for its anthology “From the Front Line to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War.”

This anthology will include first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members, family members and friends who share their perspectives and experiences. Submissions can be about the recent Middle East campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and everything in between. All branches and ranks of the military should be represented.

How you can contribute:

Your story can be as long or as short as you choose. Just make it heartfelt, honest and interesting. We are looking for stories of trial and triumph and loss, stories that demonstrate the warmth and humor of military family life along with its inevitable tensions, offbeat stories that illustrate the variety that accompanies military life in war times–in other words– anything you want to tell of.

You don’t have to consider yourself an accomplished writer to participate. We will provide editorial services to sharpen your contribution.

The book will be arranged by stories of:

  • Pre-deployment,
  • Deployment
  • Post-deployment
  • Legacy & Aftermath

For more information or to submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at mamfwriter@gmail.com.

The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2016. Tentative publication date is scheduled for the fall. All stories become part of the Museum of the American Military Family Special Collection Library.


William Childs Westmoreland, General (Ret), South Carolina January 5, 1992

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Circe Woessner, Army Wife, Niederaula, Germany November 24, 1988


Circe Woessner, Army Wife, Niederaula, Germany, 1988


Circe Woessner, Army Wife, Redstone Arsenal 1992

Hi Grandma and Grandpa

Happy Election Day!

Well I will attempt to write my newsletter more frequently. I have just been so busy doing stuff. I haven’t the energy to write letters. Most of the stuff has been absolutely worthless and the other has been fun. Sergeant Allison and my collaboration on My Mother Wears Army Boots was fine, and the resulting interview was fine, and one day after the paper came out, we sold four books– let’s hope that we’ll get more sales as word-of-mouth and newspapers circulate. I have been busy working on my brochures that I’m selling. I have a stay at home parent, child care providers and babysitters targeted. The 2 brochures are called “10 Neat Art Project to do with your Kids” and “10 Neat Holiday Projects”. I also made paper dolls that children can cut out and color so I have been busy. I volunteer at Erik’s school and teach art projects and I have been busy doing volunteer work at the chapel, thrift shop, Army Community Service– all of my work involves art. I haven’t yet evolved into a real do-gooder– I am very selective about what I do. I only volunteer work in art and poster services, just so those of you who are concerned that I am conforming into a proper lady don’t worry I’m not. I’m still doing stuff like belly dancing, and tonight, I start karate. Tomorrow I should be in a great deal of pain and suffering.

Iain starts at a home based preschool on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The teacher is a COL’s wife who runs the Bright Angel Preschool. She only takes six children and is wonderful. I hope the name Bright Angel rubs off on Iain, who currently is going through a devilish phase, not to mention that he is into Ninja Turtles, GI Joe and other equally violent things. I am bruised and on both shins from wayward karate kicks. Erik has turned away from Nintendo somewhat– thank goodness and has turned to the creative arts, writing ghost stories and yucky boy’s stuff– but at least writing. And Cubism, He fancies himself a Cubist artist and is doing quite well, Many of the relatives will be receiving Cubist paintings for Christmas, as a result of this trend. He also painted Christmas ornaments and is excited about getting a telescope. He has saved all his allowance points for over seven months and is now in reach of a telescope which means I’ll have to freeze outside late at night watching for binary star systems and other inter galactic stuff. Hershey, our stupid chocolate lab, is still climbing fences. I thought I solved the problem by buying a massive stake that holds dogs up to 100 lbs and has a pullrate of 250 lbs and a 15-foot chain. Smugly, I left for the morning, and when I returned the mutt was sitting on the front porch—chain, stake and all! She dragged the whole shebang over the 4 1/2 foot fence and had escaped! When I tether her to the clothe line, she climbs the fence and hangs there till someone rescues her. I have come out and she is dangling there, her hind feet on the ground, front legs frantically pawing the air –still she won’t learn, so we are at our wits end.

November 27 I will be showing my work at our PX again. I hope to make a little Christmas cash actually to cover my outrageous expenditures at JC Penney’s. I have begin working in oils and I’m going through an abstract impressionistic phase i.e. nudes. I will probably be banned from showing them, but they are really great. I sold one last week and I was very gratified. I had the canvas turned facedown. Two people turned it over and one guy said “oh my” and the other man bought it, I guess after that statement, I should mention that I am singing tenor in the chapel’s Christmas Cantata. Yes my voice is that deep. I am now used to being referred to as “gentlemen”. Also, I am revising my novel “Bavarian Cream” and hope to resubmit it to various and sundry publishers in the near future. Sergeant Alison is my partner in this one– she’s a much better speller than I and is also very levelheaded. She’s going through, helping with the revisions, not to mention typing hundreds of pages. We are also working on a second military related book and we are having a great deal of fun with it.

With all my loneliness, I dwell on my small highlights of my life– the infrequent ring of the telephone, or the occasional letter. It seems that my mailbox is only filled with bills, bank statements, and mailings for residents addressed to 70 A Wesson Circle! I did get one resident mailing from the local singles club and I laughed at the coincidence of that one. I have made some friends here, mostly due to my volunteer work, but they are basically friendly on a professional basis. Still, I have had 2 kaffeeklatsches and have been invited out to dinner twice The people at the nearby Dominoes pizza place all know me now, because Erik lives for pizza. He can polish off three quarters of a large pizza by himself! I registered to win a free pizza a week for a year, but obviously didn’t win. Now I have entered a radon coloring contest to see if I can win a free radon testing kit. As you see, I have become very trivial I am also into vintage clothing at the moment. I love the look from the late 20s and early 30s.. even cut my hair into a classic 20s bob and I love it. I almost bought a flapper hat but couldn’t bring myself to pay $40 for something I know the lady paid next to nothing for at an estate sale. I love vintage clothes and was also eyeing a zoot suit but again $120 was a lot of money. If any of you are cleaning out closets, attics, garages or raiding relative’s attics, and you find old clothes, keep me in mind. I have been working out daily doing Callanetics and have been walking between two and 3 miles daily. I think it’s paying off, because I can squeeze into my straight leg jeans without the darts on the hips. YAY! I even have the kids doing forced road marches. That kind of counterbalances all those McDonald’s happy meals and Domino’s pizzas. Well I have bored you enough at one go so I will quit. Love Circe

The living room at Wesson Circle--a combination of German, Quartermaster and hand-me-down furniture

The living room at Wesson Circle–a combination of German, Quartermaster and hand-me-down furniture


Postcard From the 3/11 ACR, 1991

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