“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:

our projects website





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.


Postcard From the 3/11 ACR, 1991

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Tribute to American Military Families Opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Memorial Day, May 26th

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May 9, 2014

Tribute to American Military Families Opens at National Museum of Nuclear Science & History Memorial Day, May 26th


ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The City of Albuquerque is a sponsor for a new exhibition opening on Monday, May 26th at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Entitled “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family,” the special exhibition, which will be on display through August 31st, celebrates America’s rich military history through the voices of military families.

A collaboration between the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History and the Museum of the American Military Family created this inspiring exhibition that through written word and interactive elements allows visitors to experience the joys, sorrows and sacrifices of those unsung heroes who also serve—the military families.

Remaining behind while fathers and mothers sisters and brothers are deployed for long periods, traveling and living in far-flung corners of the world, uprooting and relocating—and establishing new homes, friends and connections over and over again—these families often receive little attention.

The Museum of the American Military Family is on a mission to bring attention these men, women and children who throughout our country’s history have served in the background, exhibiting incredible resilience through moves, losses and stresses of separation—all the while exhibiting pride and embracing the honor of supporting a loved one who is serving in uniform.

In addition to the exhibition, a number of special events have been planned:

May 31st           A book reading by Steve Sparks, Reconciliation, A Son’s Story at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

June 1st                        Steve Sparks returns with a reading of his book at 2:30 p.m.

June 15th          R. Samuel Baty reads from his book, Footsteps to Forever, joined by J. Allen Whitt reading from Notes from the Other Side of the Mountain at 11:30 am and 1:30 p.m.

July 4th:            Celebrate our Nation’s birthday with Poetry & Spoken Word by 4 Voices at 2 p.m.

August 14th       The film “Brothers at War” and a Q & A with filmmaker Jake Rademacher at 1:30 p.m.

August 23rd       View the film “We Served, Too” and a Q & A with filmmaker Jill Bond at 1:30 p.m.


In addition to the City of Albuquerque, sponsors for this special exhibition include Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories, Raytheon, Bernalillo County, Elks Lodge #2500, and Marriott Residence Inn.


The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History is located at 601 Eubank SE at the entrance to Sandia Science & Technology Park. “Sacrifice & Service: The American Military Family” is included in the price of admission to the Museum, which is $8 for adults and $7 for senior and youth. The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


The Museum of the American Military Family and Learning Center brings together people with shared experiences showcasing and honoring those who also served—American’s Military Families. The Museum is gathering artifacts and recollections from American military families who served through war and peace in past decades and those who serve today in anticipation of the creation of a permanent facility in Albuquerque that will celebrate their lives and sacrifices for generations to come. For more information, please visit www.museumoftheamericanmilitaryfamily.org. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.nuclearmuseum.org


The event is sponsored in part by the Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation and supported by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. For more information on events and activities, please call 311 or visit http://www.cabq.gov/culturalservices. TTY Users call Relay NM or 711.



Lt William Woessner, 3/11 ACR HOW Battery-Kuwait

This letter was written to his 6 year old son, Erik

15 Jun 91

Hi Erik,

How is everything going in Germany? I miss you a whole lot and wish I could be home with you, mom & Iain.

The weather here is very hot. It never rains and we do a lot of Army stuff, like working on howitzers and tanks, I’ll send you some pictures soon.

How is the bike riding going? Are you getting better and better every time you go out riding? Is Iain behaving himself and are you taking good care of him and your mom?

I drove across a really big desert. It took us 8 hours and I saw a lot of Sadaam Huseins tanks and trucks all blown up and destroyed from the war.

We haven’t gone out any military exercises yet, but that should happen real soon.

Well bubba you be a good boy and help Mom out. I’ll write again soon, but I need to get some sleep now. Don’t worry about me, I am doing real well and am taking care of myself and my soldiers.

Give Mom a great big ear nip for me. I love you very much and am proud to be your father.

Lots of love,



Lt William Woessner, 3/11 ACR HOW Battery-Kuwait

Lt Bill Woessner on the “Highway of Death”

30 June 1991

Hi Sweetie,

I got your dad’s letter. It was nice to hear from him.  This place is a real bummer. I have seen so much carnage and wreckage and the stench of death still hangs over this place.  I drove down a three mile stretch of highway that was littered with hundreds and hundreds of bombed out civilian and military vehicles. 4-5 thousand people died here alone. I found an Iraqi diary next to a burned out tank and wondered if this poor son of a bitch had a family and knew how he was killed.

It’s hot and humid and we stay covered in sweat 24 hours a day.  I certainly realize now that freedom is not cheap.  Everyone here is paying the price.  I miss and love you very much. Stay safe. Love always Bill.

Please write, it’s the highlight of my life here.

1LT(P) Bill Armstrong, April 18, 1991

The following letter was written by 1LT(P) Bill Armstrong from his camp near Safwan, Iraq, to his wife, Patrice:


18 April 91

My dear Patrice,

I miss you!  The U.N. Observer Force will be moving in within 10 days now, then training for another two weeks before we can cross the border and move down to King Khalid Military City (KKMC) in Saudi Arabia.  We are escorting more media now than ever before, as we now provide humanitarian aid to refugees from all over Iraq.  The response has been favorable, but they all want us to go on to Baghdad and kill Saddam.  We try to explain that the Army cannot make that kind of a decision, but none of the Iraqis (former soldiers) understand. It is frustrating to talk with the same refugees everyday at our Refugee Camp in Safwan, only to hear the same problems. We meet the press at the front gate and take them to interview medics, food handlers, commanders, and some refugees.  The flak vests are part of our uniform again, due to increased threat and tension.  I think the approaching heat of summer is making things worse for all of us.

It’s 10:30 p.m. and just about everyone is asleep in their tents. I can’t thank you enough for that latest care package. Everyone enjoyed the cake and cookies, but me especially!  I also liked the tape. The “Weird Al” songs made us all laugh!  Well, I’m pretty tired, so I’ll sign off for now. I miss my girl and want to have a great summer with you (elsewhere).

All my love,