Jean, Air Force Wife, Oct 7, 1958


Jean, Bryan, Air Force Family, Tripoli, 1950s

“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




S/Sgt Will P. Sahler, 341st QM Depot Co, England– January 29, 1944

letters home 2016

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

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.


Letters to Virginia

by Brian Withers

Brian Withers, son of artist George Withers, recalls some of the letters his father wrote home to his mother during WWII. Brian has written a children’s book using some of his fathers illustrations, and is working on two larger book projects as well. 


Weeks before my father joined the Army, my mother Virginia gave birth to me. My parents were in love, as were thousands and thousands of other couples when World War II confronted their lives. My mother felt lonely, alone with a new baby in Manhattan while my father served across the Atlantic. She had less money because Army pay was not anywhere near what magazines, books, and newspapers paid illustrators. There was a blackout in Manhattan, and the fear of U-boats and air raids was rampant. The war was on everyone’s mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Circe Woessner, Army Wife– Germany, January 1992

Dear Grandma and Grandpa

Well, this is the last letter I’ll be writing on my trusty computer for a while, because the packers arrive on the 13th of January. So…I wanted to take some time to explain what is up.

Life at our house is never dull! Bill came home Christmas Eve and said he had to go TDY (on business) to the Chicago area to testify at a murder trial on behalf of one of his former soldiers. This trip takes place the week the packers come (which means I have to do 8 zillion things all by myself!)!

We have two days to clear all of the Army paperwork, run all the stupid errands that we have to for the Army, because he will be gone at least a week. New Year’s Day and all of those days off means that the agencies that he needs to clear through won’t be open…this makes the clearing hard.

The way things look, he will fly out around the 10th-11th of January to Ft. Sheridan, IL, and will (hopefully) return on the 18th of January, and will spend some time finishing off the clearing stuff—his unaccompanied baggage and our final checkout take place on the 24th—and he flies the 29th for Alabama.

This means that the couple of weeks we had to camp on the floor have been made easier for him—he’ll be put up in some nice hotel in the States! We are disappointed because we’d planned to go out to some of our restaurants here in town, and spend some time together before he leaves—with Erik, etc. Who knows, this trial could drag on later…and Bill will have to go straight to Alabama without seeing us!

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