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CONTACT NAME:   Victor Hurtado

EMAIL:       hurtadoproduction@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       August 9, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

I joined the Army and used my music and acting to entertain my fellow Soldiers and later became a cast member in the U.S. Army Soldier Show which allowed me to expand to entertaining Soldiers around the world.  I got out of the Army and ten years later I was called to direct and write the Soldier Show.  My life has been dedicated to helping military members in as many ways as possible with the Arts.  Carrying on Irving Berlin’s legacy (He created the Soldier Show) has not been a heavy burden.  I have found solace in the similarities of situations in the military at different times valuable in how I am able to help.  I’ve sat with an Infantry Soldier when he’s received deployment orders and doesn’t flinch.  I’ve also witnessed that same Soldier have to be comforted when I let him know he was no longer in a scene or doing a song.  Exploring the differences and similarities that exist between artistic courage and bravery is fascinating.  Being able to tell stories has helped me with my own PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma.  The story would center around a passionate group of veterans who connect through creativity.


BIOGRAPHY:  

Victor Hurtado is a first generation Mexican American Gay Disabled Veteran who has always used music and theatre arts to bring people a message of hope.  He enlisted in the Army in 1984 and was stationed in an artillery unit.  While in that unit, Victor not only did his job as a Soldier, but was often asked to put together music for the unit and the battalion both on base and in the field.  He served for 6 years and moved back to California to go to school.  While there he worked on various musical projects including The Sounds Of Christmas Unity with Kenny Loggins.  In 2001 he was called to be the Artistic Director for Army Entertainment and the United States Army Soldier Show, a touring show started by SGT Irving Berlin in 1918 that provided “Entertainment by the Soldier, For the Soldier.  Most recently he produced “The Blue Print Specials” presenting shows written by then PFC Frank Loesser with Waterwell and the Public Theatre in New York and is currently on the Secretary of the Army’s Staff.  He created the American Military Spouses Choir as well as the group 4TROOPS for Sony Music.  Victor has a passion for cultivating generosity in both his performance and those that he directs.  This desire to help others is what has kept him alive through the difficult process of healing from complex PTSD.


VISION STATEMENT:  

Anyone that is struggling or has struggled with consistent trauma, I believe, will find strength in the fact that I am still on this earth.  They can see themselves as a beautiful miracle that has overcome the damage others have imposed.  I believe there is a parallel between the dedication that it takes to be an artist, face rejection, and keep going and surviving trauma.  Illustrate the value of art beyond entertainment.  The ripples that happen when other Veterans experience your art.  Being able to create and perform are the anchors that have kept me here and have helped me keep going and staying alive.  Maybe the stories of what Veterans leave with that I have no idea I’ve given them and the difference it makes in their lives and their sense of faith and hope.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Yes
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   From Justin Hudnall in a Veterans playwriting workshop with La Jolla Playhouse

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

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VIDEO LINK:   https://americantheatrewing.org/working-in-the-theatre/blueprint-specials/



CONTACT NAME:   Katie Brady submitting on behalf of David Ramsey

EMAIL:       katiebradymusic@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       August 1, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

Note: This couple is in their 90s.  I tried to get all the requirements to submit, but it was tough during covid to get a recording.  If they are chosen I will get one.  Also, I know this is longer than 200 words, but it is two stories combined: that of the veteran and that of his spouse who in my opinion is just as much a veteran.

Love Language

Both in their nineties, Admiral David Ramsey and his wife Nancy have maintained their contagious senses of humor and their love for each other.  Nothing has pulled them apart, not countless navy relocations, not all of David’s many deployments, not even the two wars he fought in.  And that love is pleasantly apparent as I sit down to ask them about David’s climb from Ensign to Admiral.  But it’s hard to get any information from this decorated hero.  He just humbly turns the attention back to his wife.  “She was a concert pianist before I took her into a life of boredom,” he tells you in his wonderful Virginia drawl.  Then he’ll tell you how great Nancy is at making friends and how Nancy even became an honorary member of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra when they were stationed there.

 

As Nancy chimes in slight additions or corrections to the story here and there, David will tell how Nancy befriended a talented young viola player named JiaoYu and the rest of the Beijing Symphony.  Nancy and David had just moved to Beijing for his new position: Defense Attaché.  They were walking into a department store and JiaoYu was walking out.   The only thing that drew Nancy’s attention to him from the hundreds of other Chinese people was the viola case he was carrying.  “So, in true Nancy fashion,” David says, smiling. “She struck up a conversation with him.”  Nancy and David, both Virginia-born and bred, had learned Mandarin in advance of this relocation and Nancy was fluent enough to hold her own.  Before you knew it, JiaoYu had introduced Nancy to the entire orchestra. They became instant friends.  She would have them over and they would play and she would feed them.  They even held a special seat for her at their performances.  David jests that one time he came home to find members of the orchestra filling their apartment and Nancy shooed him away telling him he needed to come back later because he didn’t fit in with the crowd.  “Where’d you go?,” I asked.  “The library,” answered David.

And after this wonderful story, Admiral David Ramsey will get around to telling you that he has fought in two wars – Vietnam and Korea. That he’s commanded ships and been responsible for thousands of soldiers’ lives.  You’ll also learn that David had the scariest fifteen minutes of his life as a commander of a battleship in Vietnam. In fact, David can still tell you exactly how many men were on board that battleship (name of battleship?) – 278. He knows this because that’s how many men he would have lost that awful day as an electrical fire broke out in a compartment near some white phosphorus shells, a very powerful explosive.  But he won’t dwell on that.  David loved his time working on ships.  I asked if he would ever want to take a cruise.  “I don’t want to be a passenger; I want to work on the ship.  I’d still be in the navy if they’d have me,” he said.  In fact, since joining in 1948, David has worked every job on a ship except doctor and supply manager.  His favorite jobs? Chief engineer and navigator. As navigator, David learned how to ‘shoot the stars’ which means taking the coordinates of the stars throughout the day to stay on course. He also learned that a course is never just a straight line, it’s a curve with little straight lines in between each point. I like the image of Dave and Nancy’s life being like a big, smiling curve with hard working little straight lines connecting the dots.

 

 

 

 

 

 


BIOGRAPHY:  

Born and raised on a farm in Penhook, Virginia, David Goggin Ramsey saw his first naval vessel docked in Norfolk and fell in love with ships. Graduating from high school at fifteen, he began hauling cordwood, but his passion for ships led him and a close friend to enlist in the Navy. His father disapproved, believing he was throwing his life away on a dream. From that, a gauntlet had been thrown down.

A week later Ramsey was disallowed to “join up” due to underage. He subsequently enrolled in Lynchburg College and, upon turning seventeen, again enlisted in the Navy. Invited to join the “V6 Program,” Ramsey, unfamiliar with the program, inquired about its merits. The answer: the program would allow him to complete his education, earn a little money, eat good chow, and become an officer in the Navy. He immediately agreed.

Still opposed to his son joining the navy, Ramsey’s father opined that he would be lucky to make Chief. History was to prove just how much a father underestimated his son’s true character.

Commissioned an Ensign in June 1951, his junior officer experience included service in destroyers and amphibious ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. During these years he served in the Gunnery, Engineering, and Operations Departments. While on sea duty, Ramsey was informed that if he attended post graduate school and graduated in the top 10 percent, he could receive orders as Assistance Naval Attaché in Hong Kong. Decision made and excelling in graduate school, Ramsey subsequently became the Assistant Naval Attaché.

He then served as Executive Officer USS Brush (DD-745) before assuming command of USS Preston (DD-795) in 1967. Under his command, Preston completed two combat deployments and saved numerous Vietnamese and Southeast Asian war refugees. Following service as Plans Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon, Ramsey became Assistant Chief of Staff for UN Command/US Forces Korea.

Returning to sea, he advanced from Commanding Officer of USS Vancouver (LPD-2) to Commodore Amphibious Squadron Five/Three, and upon promotion to Rear Admiral in 1979, command of Amphibious Group Eastern Pacific. This was followed by assignment as Defense Attaché, Beijing, China.

Ramsey culminated his career as Deputy Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal, the latter two with Combat “V.”

Upon retiring in 1989, Ramsey founded Marine Safety International San Diego, taught ship handling for 17 years, and volunteered to provide transitional housing for San Diego’s homeless population. Ramsey and his wife of 66 years, Nancy, have two children—Lynne and Richmond, four grandchildren, and one great grandson. Lynne, a graduate of the Julliard School of music, is presently First Assistant Principal Violist with The Cleveland Orchestra. Richmond graduated from UCLA engineering and is currently Vice President of Portfolio Strategy for Siemens.

People were always the Admiral’s first priority—a mindset underpinning his success as a naval officer and in everyday life. (again, sorry it’s so long, I pulled it from his bio for the Avenue of Heroes in Coronado)


VISION STATEMENT:  

This couple is an inspiration.  They still take care of their own yard, still watch people’s dogs when they go on vacation and still laugh constantly even as they experience the maladies of age.  They befriend everyone who enters their neighborhood and treats them like old friends.  I believe that the military formed them into who they are.  We know so many stories of people who have been somehow damaged by their military experience (understandably) but I thought it might be nice to also see the positive power of a formative experience.  The submission process was too involved for them to do it on their own (not that they couldn’t have, they just wouldn’t have), so thank you for letting me submit on their behalf.  I’ll happily give you their contact info if you need it.

 

 


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   They would not like to be the script writer or composer.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   I told them about it. 🙂

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CONTACT NAME:   Jean Noel Ruhland

EMAIL:       jeanrox5@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       August 1, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

Five foot five and I weighed a buck twenty five, blond hair, blue gray eyes and female all day long.

“Do you have one of those in your backyard?” the drill sergeant asked when I got out of the fox hole after firing the M60. The M60 is a massive machine gun that the trigger should only be held down on for shortish bursts so the barrel doesn’t overheat and/or burn your hands. All the other soldiers were taking very, very short bursts not holding down the trigger at all. I observed this as I was waiting my turn in full muddy MOPP gear as it was raining on the range. I slowly climbed into the cozily dug hole and held down that trigger for as long as I wanted. I godda admit, it was fun. I knew my chances of having my hands on a weapon like that again were probably zero, so that was my chance. Aiming at the cinder block wall was not hard. What was difficult was wiping the giant grin off my face when my drill sergeant asked me “you got one of those in you backyard?” No, no I don’t drill sergeant.


BIOGRAPHY:  

200 words to describe one’s personal history. Yikes. Born in Madison, Wisconsin. Parents split when I was three. Had the best of both worlds: Mom’s house was in the city; Dad’s house was a farm. I played and played and played outside for hours and hours and hours. Skinned knees while riding bicycles or climbing trees. It didn’t matter which, I wore each scar as a badge of honor. I was an Olympic caliber gymnast until one of my fingers got caught in a car door on the way to the State Meet. I had been working all my life towards that, at the ripe age of 13 and nothing was the same afterwards. I was a soccer playing beast for a couple of years and then my Mom got a job in Durango, Colorado and again, my life was never the same again. I took theater to waive the speech and debate High School requirement and got slightly bit by “the bug” although I never wanted to admit it. I’ve always been quite shy. I lived in New York City for 12 years. I’ve been a Chinook Helicopter Mechanic in the Army. I’m starting Graduate school in Creative Writing.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I want people to truly not judge a book by its cover.

I had always been called “cute” up through at least my late twenties if not early thirties. It has been constant annoyance to me because from day one I have always felt like a bad ass inside. My family has infinitely treated me like I could do anything and they admired me for it.
I was a toe-headed tomboy who loved purple and pink and wore dresses while climbing trees. I can see how outsiders saw me as “cute” but they were mistaken if they tried to reduce me to just that. I was never trying to prove myself or prove anything. I was just being me and doing whatever I wanted to do.

I was even called “cute” while in full Army uniform and MOPP gear with a weapon in my hands. I hated it. No one deserves to be subjugated like that. I want to tell this story to show that even “cute” on the outside can equal badass on the inside. Soldiers come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes we look like teddy bears but can annihilate you with one look like Chucky.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Sure, for script writing.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Keith Jeffereys from USVAA

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

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VIDEO LINK:   https://youtu.be/yDMID-8ChQ8



CONTACT NAME:   David Hernandez

EMAIL:       nanzez@yahoo.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       August 1, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

1970, the central highlands of Vietnam: A night visitation or should I say paralyzing experience that I kept to myself  ̶  inside my box of crazy shit. At firebase Gladiator, before dawn, the presence of a body pressed against my chest wakes me up. The face I see is shocking, the black pupils in the faint colored eyes are searching me, studying me, face to face an inch apart and all I can do is lie unresponsive. The measuring silence between us feeds my fear. My single thought is be still, don’t breathe and don’t blink. Under my poncho, I slowly try to reach my 16 or my hatchet but both of my arms are too heavy, I cant move them. All I can do is hold my breath and stare back in silence . . . Years, after the war, at a stateside VA therapy session, I learned the actuality of that night. Apparently I wasn’t the only combat veteran that reported experiencing a spirit encounter. As confirmed by Vietnamese mountain tribes, the spirit is a female succubus that sits on the chest of her victims and draws out their life  ̶  leaving them dead.


BIOGRAPHY:  

Sorry, I’m at a loss here. I can’t give you a BIO, somehow it feels silly at this point in time.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I write about my experiences because it helps me to document and work things. As for who should read it; I have no idea.

This is not a story about heroic acts in the time of war, this is about everyday life, the pain, the laughter, the mundane, and the brotherhood formed in the chaos of insanity created by men at war. One minute we’re happy and smoking grass because we’re not going to the bush, the next, we’re stunned by the immediate news that someone we knew just blew his brains out with his own weapon. A suicide the Army will not expound on, instead it maintains honor and pride by documenting it as a KIA and ships it home with medals and insurance money. Which brings me back to other matters the Army doesn’t alk about; like the Vietcong slipping under the wire and past the heavily armed guards. The choice is yours; I’m alive because of dumb luck or it really was a ghost.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Yes
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Email by way of a veterans writing group.

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CONTACT NAME:   Stephen Nolly

EMAIL:       oldfactoryfilms@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 31, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Stephen Nolly is a Japanese-Jewish Air Force brat, graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and former resident artist at TriBeCa’s Flea Theater (Drama Desk, OBIE Award). His stories have advanced at the Austin Film Festival, Sundance Episodic Lab, NYU Production Lab, and his feature “Guernica” has been optioned twice. Stephen serves as Creative Director at Old Factory Films, a digital media agency specializing in Food & Beverage, been featured on No Film School, and hosted the Improve Photography podcast with over one million followers. Stephen enjoys high-concept stories which focus on the perspective of the “Other”, and he is an amazing cook.


VISION STATEMENT:  

This project appeals to me because working with my father on his memoirs has allowed me to understand him through a completely different lens. His stories often stick closely to the facts and are laden with lots of esoteric patois that is thrilling to the specialist but confusing to the layman. I worked with him on the dramatization of his novel Hamfist Over the Trail which would become Hamfist during the Writer’s Guild Foundation Veterans’ Writing Program. By sharing with him tenets of the format, he was able to use the constraints of the medium to leverage a more emotionally enthralling tale about his time during the Vietnam War. Growing up in the military leads to a certain shorthand, and I also produced the audiobook version of Hamifst Over the Trail, as well as serving as a consulting producer on his podcast, Ready for Takeoff. I’ve been writing in what is now considered “New Media” since 2009, after winning the Tisch Writer’s Lab West Webseries fellowship, and have just finished my first year of the Core Curriculum at NMI as a Bookwriter and a Lyricist. Every format and medium has its own set of strengths and weaknesses. One of the tenets of Asymmetrical Warfare is understanding the strengths and weaknesses of opposing forces. Working within the constraints of a new medium allows me to find a novel expression within that format and exploit it to its full potential. This is what I would like to do with my father’s story.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   From Scott and Elise!

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CONTACT NAME:   George Nolly

EMAIL:       gnolly@live.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 31, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

It was my second tour in Vietnam. I’m flying an F-4 over Laos and I get a call over the radio from a FAC that says he’s got a prime target on the Ho Cho Minh Trail. Says there’s a truck park down there, somewhere. He tries to point it out to me: Says there’s a bend in the river - looks like two big tits; truck park is right in the cleavage. Normally he marks the target with smoke, but he was all out, so I couldn’t see the truck park. But I DO have laser-guided bombs, and he says he can guide them in with his laser if I just point ‘em in the right direction. So I look down and I see the cleavage, then I climb up and make a dive to get as much speed on these bombs as I could, and then let ‘em go. But when I level out and look down at the cleavage - no joy. It was bust. Then I hear over the radio, “Great job! Right on target!”Then I look about a MILE ahead, and I see the explosions on another bend in the river. The bombs tracked on to his laser over a mile and found the right target. So the moral of the story is: speed is like money in the bank for a laser-guided bomb, and when you’re away from home for long enough, EVERY bend in the river looks like tits.


BIOGRAPHY:  

George Nolly graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1967 at the top of his class and was immediately sent over for combat in Vietnam. During his first tour, he flew as a FAC (Forward Air Controller), commanding air strikes over the Ho Ch Minh Trail, and on his second tour, he returned as a combat aviator in the F-4 Phantom fighter jet. George was the last pilot to complete 100 missions over North Vietnam, earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses, 24 Air Medals, and before he left the Air Force, was awarded Tactical Air Command Instructor Pilot of the Year. This sparked his love of teaching, leading to the creation of the first home-video based aviation ground school, Nolly Productions.

George’s aviation career continued at United Airlines, flying equipment such as the B-727 and B-737 domestically, and B-777 worldwide. He quickly rose through the ranks to become a Check Captain, while also serving as an armed Federal Flight Deck Officer. After United, Captain Nolly continued to fly internationally and began instructing for Omni Air International and Boeing. He then returned to United to teach as a Fleet Technical Instructor, as well as a lecturer at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and would create the Ready For Takeoff Podcast for pilots looking to start their career in Aviation, which now has over a million downloads.

George has a Bachelor’s degree from the USAFA, completed two Master’s programs at USC, and holds a Doctorate in Homeland Security from Northcentral University.
His novel series, The Adventures of Hamfist Hancock (based on George’s combat experiences), have been rated #1 on the Amazon best-seller list, with Hamfist Over the Trail now available to listen to on Audible.


VISION STATEMENT:  

When you’re in combat, every moment could be your last, and polite conversation becomes inadequate. Good communication can be the difference between life and death, and rapport at the gut level is necessary to cut through the fog of war. In my many years of teaching aviation, the clasroom demographic has changed, with more emphasis on safety and professional commications. While these values hold you in good stead in commercial aviation, in the military environment it is a different beast altogether.

This is a story I would tell to other combat pilots, but it never seemed appropriate in the commercial sector. There is a vast difference between flying with a SAM missile on your tail, and flying a plane with dinner service for 200. This story is for veterans that long for the days when there were good guys and bad guys, and your job was to blow shit up.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   I would prefer for my son, Stephen Nolly, to be my script writer. He produced my audiobook, developed my podcast concept, and assisted me in crafting my screenplay for the WGA Veterans Writing Program.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   I heard from my son, Stephen Nolly.

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

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VIDEO LINK:   https://vimeo.com/443564183/7c0480a96d



CONTACT NAME:   J.A. Moad II

EMAIL:       james.moad2@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 31, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

Defying the odds, I became an Air Force Pilot. Inspired by a Vietnam Vet father and gaining inspiration through the love of Broadway Musicals, I pushed myself both physically and mentally as a kid to attend the United States Air Force Academy. Despite never being on an airplane before, I didn’t let that deter me. I also pushed past the doubt and fear of not being the proper “Military type” to pursue a dream of flying and a dream of escaping from a dying steel and seeing the world. This excerpt is compiled from a larger piece I’ve written, called Waiting to Crash - The Making of An American Military Pilot.


BIOGRAPHY:  

A former Air Force C-130 pilot with over a hundred combat sorties. I served as an English Professor at the United States Air Force Academy and continues to serve as an editor for their international journal, War, Literature & the Arts (WLA). My short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, and I’m the recipient of the Consequence Magazine Fiction Award. In addition to writing, I’ve performed on stage at the Library of Congress and at The Guthrie Theater as part of The Telling Project - Giving Voice to the Veteran Experience. My award winning play, Outside Paducah - the Wars at Home, had its New York debut at the Wild Project Theater in 2017 where I was nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance by the New York Innovative Theater Awards (NYIT). In 2020, I was finalist for the McKnight Fellowship in playwriting and currently reside in Northfield, MN, where I flies the Delta Airlines and continues to write.


VISION STATEMENT:  

Having performed in my play Outside Paducah - the Wars at Home, in New York for three weeks and regularly engaging in Veterans Voices staged events, I’ve realized the power of Veterans’ stories to help shape the narrative on what it means to serve. This is crucial as our society begins to recognize the cost of war on both the personal and societal level. I’d like to continue writing in that lane and pursuing the mission of engaging civilians with provocative, engaging entertaining work.

I’ve found there to be an interesting intersection in my military themed writing that captures the disconnect not only between communities of poverty, but communities of color, as well. My writing explores this intersection. I have a vision of collaborating on writing a musical that would be the third play of mine that takes place in the same region. The second play, A Burning Good helped me to become a McKnight playwriting finalist in 2020. The musical would tell the stories of some of the characters from the two other plays–characters earlier in their life. Considering I’ve written them later in life, I know them quite well. I’ve begun collecting notes on the work, already.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Yes... script writer
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Veteran Writing Colleagues

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VIDEO LINK:   https://video.wixstatic.com/video/a982e2_85f23aaefcd64109b58f2db1b8cd8a10/1080p/mp4/file.mp4



CONTACT NAME:   Jeff McCarley

EMAIL:       waffledeath@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 31, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

I’m submitting a story called Who are he said am crazy. This is a short, humorous, autobiographic essay that portrays the kind of bias that many in our society have toward those who suffer from mental illness. Veterans deal with discrimination for having mental health issues, and many veterans commit suicide as a result of their disease. In Who are he said am crazy, I turn the table around on a judgmental prick by showing how his assumptions of me caused him to act like a lunatic because he thought that I was crazy.


BIOGRAPHY:  

I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in the ‘80s and ‘90s. I enlisted in the Marine Corps at the start of my senior year and shipped out as soon as I graduated, serving from ’98 to ’03. While in the Corps I married my awesome wife of nineteen years and our wonderful daughter was born. Although I’ve written off and on throughout my life, I have recently found my voice as a writer and self-published three books in the past few years.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I have suffered from bipolar disorder for twenty-two years, but was only diagnosed two years ago. I know well the pain of mental illness and I have seen first-hand the kind of damage that it can cause to a person’s life. Who are he said am crazy is the first experience I’ve had with discrimination, the first time I was treated differently because of my disease, and as a result I am reluctant to share this fact with others. I hope others can see that those who suffer from mental illnesses are still people, and deserve to be treated as such. I think that everyone should read this story about the flip side of the stereotype.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   no
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Written by Veterans writers group CSUSB

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VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjM1OeRCojM&feature=youtu.be



CONTACT NAME:   Melissa Renee Milich

EMAIL:       melissa.r.milich@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 31, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

I was part of a joint field unit overseas, with our “tent city” co-located next to the Marines of the host country when tensions suddenly boiled over with their neighbors across the border.

Yet, every night,  I was escorted to the tent of the foreign General.  He wanted to learn about American literature even as his country remained on the brink of war.   The General’s dinners wound through several courses with silverware, which I hadn’t seen in weeks and “real food” as opposed to the MREs that constituted our limited cuisine on the American side of the camp. With tea served, my escort, a senior U.S. Intelligence officer, nodded at me to begin.

The foreign General demanded story arcs and character development. Thousands of miles away from home, I relaxed in my cammies inspired by the exotic atmosphere and became Scheherazade.

As the campfire burned low, I recounted the Joads’ journey from Oklahoma and Rose of Sharon, saving the starving man. Ed Ricketts and his marine biology laboratory on Cannery Row, and The Red Pony that died. My preference for The Old Man and the Sea over The Sun Also Rises. Raymond Carver drawing a Cathedral with a blind man.

 


BIOGRAPHY:  

Melissa had already published two children’s books and several magazine articles by the time she joined the Navy.  She was gunning for a cushy job in Public Affairs, but the Detailer barked back,  “It’s Intelligence or nothing!”  a new career track that Melissa found a strange but comfortable fit.

She was the first female to graduate from the USMC Interrogation Course at Damneck, Virginia.  After September 11, she became a technical liaison to foreign militaries for the Office of Naval Intelligence.  Yet, Melissa says she will never forget that one particular overseas deployment when the military pressed her literary background into service,  the basis of her submission to So Proudly We Hailed.

Melissa’s essays and articles have been published in Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Stars and Stripes.  Her diverse background also includes a stint training sea lions at a Marine lab off the coast of California.


VISION STATEMENT:  

In College, people always chided me that you couldn’t do anything with an English major.  So I joined the Navy, and during one deployment overseas, when two foreign countries almost went to war, the military pressed my literary background into service.

At the time, I was living in a tent, co-located with the foreign Marines of our host country.  How many English majors, I wondered,  end up in tents?

SCUD missiles rolled into position, and CNN reported from the field.  Yet, despite the saber-rattling, on most nights, I was summoned — always with an escort — to the tent of the foreign General, the office-in-charge.  As tensions mounted between his forces and the somewhat furious country on the other side of the border,  we sat in the General’s tent and discussed The Grapes of Wrath and what Steinbeck’s novels meant to me.

It didn’t matter that I was junior enlisted, a female in a Muslim world, or that SCUD missiles pointed at us from just across the border.  Stories transcended cultural and military differences and lifted us momentarily above this no man’s land.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Script Writer. In addition to a strong narrative writing background (children's books, short stories, and essays), I completed the 2019-2020 Writer's Guild Veterans Writing Project and my first feature length screenplay. I'm currently in the USVAA Writer's workshop, and I'm a USVAA Literature coordinator. In addition to my children's books, my essays and articles have been published in Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, and Stars and Stripes.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Through an email announcement sent out by USVAA Executive Director Keith Jeffreys

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  

Melissa-Milich-Recording.m4a


VIDEO LINK:  



CONTACT NAME:   RYAN A. CONKLIN

EMAIL:       ryan.conklin@yahoo.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 30, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

My story is about a process on how I got myself mentally capable to do my job in a world that was a never-ending game of chance. One could dub it Iraqi Roulette. Conducting combat patrols, daily and nightly, there were several methods of surprise attacks that always loomed for us “outside the wire.” How did we not all lose our minds? Well, I can’t say none of us did. For me, it was a mental space I had to get to, and it wasn’t entirely healthy but it was helpful. I.E.Ds, suicide bombers, V.B.I.E.Ds, drive-by shootings, potshots, they all occurred to my company at random. Never knew when they’d happen. But living in fear was too taxing, mentally. Was I scared? Yes, at first, but that was because I thought I would eventually survive my tour. I had to re-wire my logic and give in to the fact that my fate was already sealed. Believing I was a “dead man walking” erased the fear. My thoughts on patrol were clear. But the dark place I was in was hard to claw back out of when I eventually did make it back home.


BIOGRAPHY:  

I joined the U.S. Army as soon as I was legally allowed. I enlisted with my parents’ permission when I was 17. I was a junior in high school when 9/11 occurred, and it was this inciting incident which spurred me in the direction to join, ambitiously vowing revenge. A war with Iraq was not on the table then, but that’s where I was sent. Twice. I served in the 101st Airborne Division as an infantryman from 2003-2006. My first tour in Iraq was a 12-month deployment from 2005-2006. Coming home, part of my own personal therapy was writing about my combat experiences. The more I wrote, the less I thought about it. This memoir of mine was published in 2010, titled An Angel From Hell: Real Life on the Front Lines. Two years after my Honorable Discharge, I was shocked to learn that I was involuntarily recalled back to service. This recall system hadn’t been utilized since Vietnam, just to hint at how surprised I was to be called back. But I am a man of my word, and an oath is an oath, so I went back for another year in Iraq in 2009.


VISION STATEMENT:  

The readjustment at home for veterans is known to be tumultuous for some, and it’s true that everyone is different, but I believe that a common thread you’ll see amongst those “transitioning” are dealing with “re-wiring” issues that I mentioned above. The “dark place” I was in was not an exclusive habit of mine. I saw many live in it. But when we got home and separated, I couldn’t see others get out of it. I had a time getting out of the dark space myself. Some of my comrades committed suicide, so I know they struggled with the transition. I think that if there’s others out there, confused with mentally re-wiring themselves to find that purpose to live again, the dark space might allow some light in.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Interested, sure, but I trust other people's creativity.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Email

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://youtu.be/WFWLqO9JpDk



CONTACT NAME:   Travis Deyoung

EMAIL:       travisleedeyoung@gmailc.om

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 30, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

After returning from an 11 month, I realized that I was having some trouble. I felt anxious, irritable, and was having difficulty communicating with my spouse.  I noticed that a friend of mine, Derek, was also having difficulty following the deployment. He was experiencing a lot depression. I had a house off base and asked Derek to come live me.

Derek helped to relieve some of the pressure I was feeling in my relationship and my spouse and I were able to help Derek to manage his depression. This worked for a while, but eventually Derek’s depression got worse. He started to seek counselling and went on anti-depressant medication. Unfortunately, the medication had the opposite effect and Derek got worse. One day my spouse and I came home after a trip to the mall and Derek had a strange look in his eyes. I questioned him on what was wrong and then he asked me “Would you mind if I die in your house tonight?” I soon found out that Derek had taken and entire bottle of pills.

My wife and I took Derek to the hospital. Fortunately, they were able to pump his stomach and he made a full recovery. The experience had a profound effect on me. I can hardly imagine how much pain and suffering I would have experienced if my spouse and I had not intervened.

This experience stuck with me and years later I put a lot of effort toward raising the awareness of the veteran suicide rate. I helped to start a project called Journey for Change in 2015. The project started as 200-mile walk from Santa Cruz to Sacramento (16 days and 200+miles). Journey for Change has continued to evolve into several events aimed at raising awareness of the veteran suicide rate and spreading information about the resources available.

https://www.vets4vetssantacruz.org/journeyforchange


BIOGRAPHY:  

I was born in Illinois and joined the Marine Corps when I was 18 years old. I spent 4 years in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 2011. Following my enlistment, I moved from North Carolina to California. I attended school at Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA and earned an associate degree. Unsure of what I wanted to major in I looked for an employment.

I found a part time position as a Benefits Outreach Representative for the Veteran Services Office. In 2017, I moved into a full-time position as the Veteran Advocate for Santa Cruz County. I found a lot of fulfillment in working with Veterans, especially those struggling with mental health conditions, homelessness, and incarceration.

I continued my education online and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in April of 2020. I intend to continue my education to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. While working as the Veteran Advocate I have had the opportunity to be involved with a number projects that help veterans including Journey for Change (raising awareness of veteran suicide), the Veterans Art Program, and Vets 4 Vets (organization of veteran volunteers that help other veterans in Santa Cruz County).

https://www.vets4vetssantacruz.org/home

https://www.vets4vetssantacruz.org/art


VISION STATEMENT:  

I want to tell this story because I think it could help to raise awareness of the suicide rate among active duty military members and veterans.  I think this story could help to contribute to cultural shift from one that ignores and suppress emotions to a culture that accepts and supports those who are struggling. I think anyone who was in the military or has had friends and family in the military should hear this story.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   I would be interested in helping to create the script. I do not have the skill set to help compose.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   A veteran friend sent me a flyer

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqj82dSxmBU



CONTACT NAME:   Michael O’Dell

EMAIL:       modjazzmo@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 27, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Michael O'Dell is a jazz pianist, composer, lyricist, and playwright who has served as music director for a plethora of equity shows in Los Angeles, NYC, and San Francisco, including the In the Mood National Tour, The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee, and George Furth and Doug Katsaros’ new musical, The End.

Michael's musical The Velocity of Arrows (formally known as Waiting…) was an official selection to The Boulder International Fringe Festival and The NYC Fringe Festival.

He attended Berklee College of Music (Jazz Studies) and Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music (B.M. in Music Composition), and is a 2017 Recording Workshop graduate.


VISION STATEMENT:  

Veterans seem to have a history in the past as soldiers and servicemen and service women who have dedicated their lives to serving their country in the name of freedom. But I feel it is sometimes difficult for America to notice them in the present, and individually. It would be an honor to bring even just one story to the forefront, showing the real person and their real experience behind the the title our country has given them as a vet.

When I was music director/conductor for In the Mood LIVE (a big band jazz revue featuring the music and dances of the 1940s), most of our audiences who came to see the show were veterans. To witness their faces as they remembered the music of the time when they served was very moving. As a company, we loved our jobs because we know we were bring joy to many who had served.

Creating content for this project would be extremely easy for me. Due to Covid-19, I do most of my work via the internet right now. I work with other artists, usually by text, phone, and Zoom to create and fine-tune their projects. I find success in this process because I try to listen and then play with different ideas to find the best one that will work. Collaboration is fun and rewarding. I find that working via the internet is actually faster and easier. To work on the veterans project would be an honor.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I am a graduate of The Recording Workshop where I became proficient in recording music projects using Logic Pro X and Pro Tools. Most recently - in January 2020, I wrote and recorded my 10-minute musical Maxton Fink, Extraordinaire in three days at my home studio. It's very easy for me to record different genres and then mix and master them for a professional sound. As a jazz pianist, I am well-versed on playing everything from classical, jazz, pop, rock, to soul and R&B. If needed, I can also produce notated sheet music for scores in Finale.

Please check out these two projects I recorded:

https://soundcloud.com/user-624335285/maxton-fink-extraodinare

https://soundcloud.com/user-624335285/om-mani-padne-hum


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Biz of the Musical Theatre Biz Conference

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BOOK FILE:  

Maxton-Fink-Extraordinaire-FD-Script.pdf

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://soundcloud.com/user-624335285/maxton-fink-extraodinare

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Waiting…-FINALScript.pdf

SCORE FILE:  

Waiting...-PV-Score-.pdf

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://soundcloud.com/waiting-a-new-musical/tracks


CONTACT NAME:   Nancy Coombs

EMAIL:       n.coombs@bell.net

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 27, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Nancy Coombs is an American writer based in Toronto, the daughter of a US Air Force veteran. Her fiction and poetry have been published in the USA and Canada. Her literary specialty is exploring life in extremis while conveying hope. She holds degrees from Harvard and Northwestern.


VISION STATEMENT:  

“So Proudly We Hailed” resonates with me as I grew up with my veteran dad telling me wartime tales, funny and sad. Also, I experienced my extended family’s tragedy yet resilience as one close relative had been a prisoner-of-war and another one died in military service.

Pain and loss not addressed can sometimes hold people hostage. It’s one of the reasons I became a writer – to explore things unseen and unspoken yet very present and, always, there is the promise of joy, higher purpose and redemption in my writing. I believe these are the same goals and dreams for this web series.

In other words, this project is real to me. Bringing veterans’ experiences to light - liberating their souls and celebrating their journeys - would be exhilarating! Turning their vision into a written story and internet script to be accompanied by music would be my forte.

My studies – in literature and history – give me a solid grounding with which to bring both story and setting to life accurately and in vivid detail. My ties to the US military would allow me to be a sensitive and compassionate collaborator.

I’m a musician too (flutist) which would be a plus in understanding how my writing could be interpreted musically. Also. as I write both fiction and poetry, perhaps one of the music videos could be a “spoken word” one, contemporary poetry to a backdrop of music.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Through The Aiming Circle, a resource for military-themed writers.

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VIDEO LINK:   http://militaryexperience.org/as-you-were-the-military-review-vol-12/the-last-taps/

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VIDEO LINK:   https://niagaraanglican.news/2020/06/11/the-angelus/


CONTACT NAME:   Rosalie Cooper

EMAIL:       rac962@live.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 26, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

when into adulthood I had grown

I ventured out upon my own

I joined the US military

Battle combat I did not see

I met a man I loved with all my heart

Together, a family we did start

After we were wed and our son was born

The love between us became torn

The place we once called home

was now our private battle zone

There was yelling, screaming, and a gun

Being beaten was not fun

The battle finally came to an end

The man I once loved, no longer a friend

He took all I had and even more

He took my heart that he tore

I kept from him all he did love

He went to the lord above

I won the battle, he won the war

for when he died he took my heart and even more

with him went my soul he tore

someday together again we will be

so he can be he and I can be me.


BIOGRAPHY:  

Upon discharge from active duty, I continued my education, and obtained an Associates Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, and an Associates Degree in Computer Science.  I had several jobs , but my most recent was an Electronics and Computer Teacher in 2000 - 2001.  I was unable to work as I started to have flashbacks.   I ended up in the VA Psychiatric ward in 2001 and approximately 8 more times until 2009.  I have been in recovery for 19 years.  I have a 37 year old son currently serving in the US Army as a recruiter.  I am very active in the VFW Auxiliary and was recently nominated and elected as conductress for the Department of New York.  I try to spend my spare time helping other veterans in my same situation.  I was also  a Peer Specialist for several years helping others with Mental illnesses.  I write poetry  and have self published 4 books under the pen name of Bridgette Rose.   I like to do crafts


VISION STATEMENT:  

There are many men and women who have suffered in silence for far too long and the information has to get out.  Even though one may not see combat, they may be in a battle zone of their own and do not have a way out nor anyone to help them (have their six) as they say.    Post Traumatic Stress disorder is as real for those who have dealt with Military Sexual Trauma as it is for a Combat Veteran.  The traumas are very different but the symptoms are the same.   Any Men or Women that are currently serving in the Military or those that would like to serve need to be aware of the dangers they face.  Fore warned is Fore armed.  I dont want to discourage anyone, but they need to know that they are in danger no matter what they do in the service.  I was in during peace time, yet have PTSD from the military sexual trauma I endured.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   yes
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   Facebook

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  

Rose_Navy_Story1.m4a


VIDEO LINK:  



CONTACT NAME:   Ting Du

EMAIL:       tingdu@me.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 25, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

I wrote two poems to sum up my journey in the service. The first one is called: A happy hobbling cat. It’s about how a crippled cat chasing after her dream and being blessed and immersed among the beauty of nature.

“I saw a happy hopping hobbling orange cat, 

chasing after a monarch butterfly, 

weaving through the sun-kissing morning green river-bank.”

I see myself often as that crippled little cat. I believe that as spirit creature-beings, we are all created equal under our grand-creator’s eye. There’s no need for anyone to pick on another one.. we are all like little kittens chasing each around, chasing for the most sparkling sun-shine landing upon our forehead, after the most beautiful dreamy butterfly that our heart desires, and after the most magnificent light we see within each’s heart and spirit.  And that’s exactly the kind of spirit that I see in everyone around me while I was in the service. I’m deeply grateful for all the beautiful souls who had encouraged me walking through the most difficult time in my life. Thank you for seeing me as your equal opponent, and an enabled body, an interesting soul, rather than a malfunction machine part.


BIOGRAPHY:  

This is my second poem that sums up my rebirth through my entire service in the Navy.

“I had a dream…

The three year-old me squatting down among her pals in a pile of sand pit, juggling sand, dirt, little pebbles that would take a pair of insightful innocent hearts to 

decipher the most hidden codes written beneath ordinary nature’s facades;

“Who’s orange peel is that?” 

A pudgy finger pointed at a wrinkly dry-piece of orangey thingy,

by my “future” feet..

“Oh, that’s my Garrison Cap. Tomorrow is my last day in the Naval Base Hospital,

you guys are all welcomed to my departure ceremony.”

Dusting off the golden uniform, putting on that folded military cap… 

Despite my dark blue T-shirt inside, not 

uniform-code coordinated with my golden peanut-butter dress… 

I am all set, smart-looking and sun-shinny,

like a smiley proud sun-flower ready for a last uniform-inspection.

But for now, let’s just focus on the work in the hands, of 

three year old us,

constructing our magnificent sand-castle,

baby-sitting a fluffy white Llama—

such a gifted tidy nifty sharp-shooter, leaving no mess behind,

squirting out straight lines of pee, or spit..

aiming only at that far-reaching drainage pipe hole; and 

an amazing talented painter,

farting out trail of rainbow bridge,

lightening the evening sky with rounds of applause,

sparkling glitter, bubbles, and dreamy fire-works.”


VISION STATEMENT:  

It was a long journey before I came to a self-realization that everything happened for a reason. All my past seemingly lonely struggles were there for a reason too, they made me appreciate life, people around me, and joy of the present moment even more. If I love the present me, I shall certainly appreciate many previous moments “me” who brought me to the present me as well. 

My stories are for those, who were injured, wounded or feeling lost, whether they were in the service or out of the service. I want to tell them that: I was there before, I feel you, I am with you. Please Keep up with your good work, and keep your faith strong. You are heading towards the right track, and the right direction, and you are making a big difference to everyone’s life around you. Some time, we may not see God’s plan laid out for us right away, until one day we finally get there. However, in some mysterious ways, we all are taken on our own destined mission that could be so challenging and mysterious, and would take only the most courageous heart to walk through our own earthly path.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   No.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcH12zqmosI



CONTACT NAME:   Matthew T. Miller

EMAIL:       mtmartist9@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 24, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Matthew T. Miller was born and raised in La Quinta, CA. He joined the Army when he was
seventeen-years-old and served six years with the 82nd Airborne Division. He accomplished two tours in Iraq and went to college. He volunteers as a math tutor for local schools to share a love of math with elementary children. He is currently working towards becoming a writer, cartoonist, illustrator, as well as an author of children’s books and thrilling ghost stories for adults.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I am a current member of the WrittenByVeterans Group from the Cal State Univ. San Bernadino Veterans Success Center in California. Our goal is to share our creative stories and personal experiences with the public by publishing them while giving all the proceeds to veteran students at CSUSB. We also believe that all veterans can join our group to learn creative writing and to instill therapeutic creative writing to relieve stress or any post traumatic stress.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:   From a friend in my Veterans Writing Group.

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BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://docs.google.com/file/d/15hzrIm4_0uI6e8oXpae8SCardxSIBGsO/edit?filetype=msword


CONTACT NAME:   Elaine Little

EMAIL:       eltuman@hotmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 23, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

I was deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2004-2005 as an interrogator. In a small booth with a glass window I talked to suspected terrorists in shackles, while a bored MP stood guard.

Some were terrorists, I guess. But many were picked up in sweeps where quantity over quality was the rule.

One time I spoke to the only woman prisoner at the facility. Her bio made her sound like an Afghan Mati Hari. A member of a terrorist cell, who had asked probing, suspicious questions to a Special Forces Team.

I brought her local food. Cookies. Bitter tea.

She wore a baggy orange jumpsuit and men’s size 9 black slip-on sneakers. She knew maybe a few words of English. An interpreter translated while she ate the cookies and didn’t drink the shitty tea.

The verdict? Not a terrorist. But for Afghanistan her behavior was unorthodox. Walking around without a male escort. Speaking to American soldiers.

A kind woman whose eagerness to repeat American phrases was interpreted as fluency. Her guilelessness as an elaborate deception technique masking her actual identity as a spy.

They were letting her go. A high value target they had seen fit to keep for 400+ days.


BIOGRAPHY:  

Elaine Little served several years in the active duty Army. Then transferred to the Reserves and the National Guard, where she was deployed to Guantanamo, Bosnia and Afghanistan, while raining three children. She has published extensively. She was a first place winner at the 2019 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival for her essay, “Now It’s You,” and was a Baker Veteran Scholar at the Seaside Writer’s Festival in 2018. Her work has appeared in literary magazines such as “Cooweescoowee,” “The Bryant Literary Review,” and most recently “The Tupelo Quarterly.” Her essay, “Edit and Spin,” about her experiences during a deployment to Afghanistan, was published in the acclaimed literary anthology: “Powder, Writing by Women in the Ranks, from Vietnam to Iraq.”
After many years of working at jobs she hated, she drove to California with two cats in the back seat, during the height of the pandemic to transfer to the Los Angeles VA, where she now works as a Veterans Outreach Coordinator, a job she definitely doesn’t hate. Since she especially enjoys writing television specs and original television pilots, she thinks Los Angeles is the place for her. It is her hope that she can someday write for television.

 


VISION STATEMENT:  

I want to see more women’s stories about military life. The down and dirty stuff. The funny moments. There are a few military women’s memoirs out there. But not nearly enough. And some of the depictions are dreadfully earnest. When I was deployed, I was always fascinated by the people in the countries where I was stationed. In Cuba, I met the Balseros, or boat people, who had risked their lives trying to escape Cuba. In Bosnia, I met women who had witnessed atrocities. Then I returned every night to a barracks where the international NATO force partied all night, got drunk and cheated on their wives/husbands or significant others. In Afghanistan, I  traveled outside the “wire” or post and was invited into the women’s quarters. Most members of the military I know are not heroes and don’t want to be referred to that way. They’re ordinary people who have been thrust into extraordinary circumstances. If more people hear stories that are truthful about the military, it will hopefully cause civilians to see them as people. Not as idealized “symbols,” or objects of pity.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Yes
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vyfele7aZ4LPckG6x7Br3ujp5l_Jex6U/view?usp=sharing



CONTACT NAME:   Ron Capps

EMAIL:       ron_capps@yahoo.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 23, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

When the phone rang, I jumped—startled—and nearly shot myself. This would have been somewhat ironic, because I was sitting in a truck, about to kill myself and was already holding the pistol in my hand. But I would have pulled the trigger while the pistol was pointed at my foot rather than my head. After all the crying and shaking, the moralizing and justifying, the calming of hands and nerves, the intense focusing on the immediate act of charging the weapon to put a bullet into the firing chamber, and then taking off the safety and preparing to put the barrel in my mouth, the ringing phone broke the spell, and pulled me back from the brink.

That was 2006. I was on mission in Darfur, and I came that close to killing myself. I had gone to five wars in ten years; from Rwanda to Kosovo to Afghanistan to Iraq, and finally, to Darfur. Since that day I have worked to show others that there is a better way. I went public about my health issues in personal essays and interviews, I wrote a memoir, an EP of songs, and I founded a non-profit that provides creative writing and songwriting workshops for veterans and their families. We have worked in 24 states, in VA hospitals, and at the DoD’s premier research and treatment facility for PTSD and TBI. We have reached thousands of veterans. We have changed lives.


BIOGRAPHY:  

I grew up in Virginia Beach, the son of a Navy chief and a bookkeeper. All the men on both sides of my family going back generations served in the military. Most were draftees in big wars, but my dad made the Navy a career. I did the same as a soldier. I spent 25 years in the Army. In the early part of my career I was in Cold War Germany along the East German border, in South Korea on the DMZ, in Latin America as part of George HW Bush’s War on Drugs. Later in my career, I served in Rwanda, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Darfur. For most of my service I was a case officer—an intelligence operator trained to conduct clandestine intelligence collection operations against hard targets using recruited agents—running operations against the Taliban and Al Qaida, the Interahamwe, and the Janajweit. Back to back operational deployments took a significant toll on me and following a failed suicide attempt I was medevac’d home. In time my top secret security clearance was stripped from me and I was forced into retirement. Since then I have written and spoken out against the stigma of asking for health care for PTSD and depression. I’ve written a book, numerous personal essays and articles, and most recently, a collection of songs released as an EP. I founded and direct the non-profit Veterans Writing Project.


VISION STATEMENT:  

My story is important only if it reaches others. It is compelling only if the second half of the story—what I did after the suicide attempt—is told. It makes sense only if the first half—what got me to that point in the desert where I was ready to kill myself—is told. There are veterans and non-veterans alike who are struggling with health issues and who wrongly believe that they cannot ask for help. They are afraid they will lose their jobs. They are afraid people will laugh at them. They are afraid the state will take their kids away from them. We stigmatize aspects of health care by referring to it differently—mental health care. We stigmatize those who seek health care as weak. Treatment saves lives, but we can’t treat people who won’t ask for help. Maybe this story can help convince people who are struggling that it’s OK to ask for help.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   Well, yes I’d like you to let me tell this story, at least in part. My memoir (Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years; 2014 Schaffner Press) and essays detail much of my personal history. I’d be happy to use those as the foundation for the larger story. My songs tell stories that are at once unique and universal: A soldier’s daughter doesn’t understand why her father has to go to war again and again; living with substance abuse; survivor’s guilt and sleepless nights; the fine art of living in two places at once while trying to catch amnesia. I’d very much like to use the memoir and the songs as vehicles to tell the story, but I’d also be happy to have someone else write, direct, and film the finished product. I just want the story told. You can listen to some of my songs at RonCappsMusic.com or roncapps.bandcamp.com/releases.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  

Ron Capps.MOV


VIDEO LINK:  



CONTACT NAME:   Ron Barnett

EMAIL:       chreode@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 22, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Ron Barnett is Director of Music and Sacred Arts at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Glendale. Full length musicals, as composer: Manson's Girls with book by Scott Guy, lyrics by Mitch Glaser, When Butter Churns to Gold with book by Peter Welkin and lyrics by Randi Wolfe, and A Christmas Carol with book by Barry Kornhauser, published in 2013 by Dramatic Publishing Company. With lyricist Greg Edwards, Ron was a finalist for the 2010 and 2012 Fred Ebb Prize.


VISION STATEMENT:  

Most veterans, if they were asked to tell their stories, would probably think they didn’t do much. Their stories may not warrant a Saving Private Ryan treatment but, if they served during wartime, especially in a forward location, they have a story to tell. Stories of heroism that led to a Medal of Honor or a Silver Star or a Purple Heart are fascinating, but it is equally fascinating, and important, to hear the stories of everyday life during wartime.

My father served in the Navy during WWII and was in the South Pacific on a cargo ship. He was very small, just 5'4" and weighed about 150 pounds, big enough to schlep boxes or swab the deck or look out for weather. I don't know if he ever saw battle, he never wanted to talk about it. He had horrible nightmares when I was a kid and it seemed he just wanted to put it behind him. When his guard was down, he'd relate some innocuous detail like attending an open-air church service with a sailor playing a small portable reed organ, or how the rations were lousy, or when he had diarrhea and the ship's toilet seat was freezing cold. Nothing about kamikaze pilots or typhoons or storming beaches. But I wish I had pressed him for more stories before he passed over 30 years ago.

Capturing stories from veterans not only helps to preserve their memory, but also serves to help shed light on the important role these men and woman played in our history. Musicalizing a story heightens it and can broaden its impact.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I have Logic Pro X and am getting better at using it.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  

03-Where-Have-You-Gone.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  

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BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

9_What_If_Were_Wrong_20151007.pdf

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Kelly Damann

EMAIL:       kkdamann@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 12, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Kelly Damann is a composer/lyricist from Illinois. Kelly is a staple of the Greater St. Louis theatre community, and has performed in the pit orchestra for dozens of productions. When not performing with the St. Louis Brass Band or the No-Name Chorale, he often serves as an educator and clinician in the area. He is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at McKendree University.


VISION STATEMENT:  

This project intrigues me mostly for the fact that my father is an Air Force Veteran who recently retired with 100% Disability status after over 20 years of service. I have lived on Air Force bases a majority of my life, and have always been around active duty and veteran service members. While this country has a fair share of issues to work through, especially at the moment, I am extremely proud and grateful that my father fought to defend this country and persevered through countless life or death situations to do so. For his service, he was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Bronze Medal of Honor.

I do not have any prior experience in writing songs specifically for the internet, but I have been writing songs since age 9. I have always been in some sort of musical endeavor as long as I can remember, and often times had to compose for them.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

While at the moment I do not have access to the equipment to do so, I will most likely have the necessary equipment to do so again by mid-August. I have experience using various DAW's, and am a multi-instrumentalist capable of creating a high quality recording given access to said equipment.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

The_Things_You_Didnt_Know-1.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

The-Things-You-Didnt-Know_Take5.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

What_He_Would_Have_Wanted_PV-1.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

What-He-Would-Have-Wanted_Take3.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Joshua H. Cohen

EMAIL:       info@JoshuaHCohen.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 12, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Joshua H. Cohen’s honors include a Jonathan Larson Grant, the Anna Zornio Children’s Theatre Playwriting Award (lyrics, Keep On Walkin’), and a MAC Award nomination for his cult cabaret hit “The Sacrifice of Love” (a.k.a. the waxing song). Productions include play The Thirteenth Commandment (Libra Theater, 7 NY Innovative Theater Award nominations, 2 wins), musical Tamar of the River (Prospect Theatre, 2 Drama Desk nominations, world premiere recording from Yellow Sound Label), and children’s musical Flight School (Vital Theatre, OCR available, national and international tour). Many other productions, readings, and workshops across the country; for more details visit www.JoshuaHCohen.com.


VISION STATEMENT:  

My father served in Vietnam with the Marines during the Tet offensive in 1968-69. One of his favorite stories to tell about his service was that on his discharge, his commanding officer wrote a report that he was a fine doctor, but disrespectful of military procedure. As an officer, he was required to submit a response to this negative report. He folded the report into a paper airplane, and mailed it back.

His war stories, such as they were, were like this one: jocular and surface-level. Like something that might have been pitched in the M*A*S*H writers’ room. He occasionally hinted that there was more to what he had seen, what he had done. But he passed when I was eighteen, and I never got to ask him about it grown-up to grown-up.

One of my favorite things to do now as a writer is to write songs in the voices of real people who have entrusted me with their stories. (I'm applying as a scriptwriter and composer/lyricist.) The two works I’ve submitted here are in that vein. “You Got to Move” is from MY MOM IS A SEXT THERAPIST, an autobiographical one-woman musical that I created with and for its performer and subject, Lola Maltz. "Briar Rose" is a short play inspired by an actual case study, from a cycle of plays responding to recent scientific discoveries.

I would be honored to be given the chance to combine these two interests by working on “So Proudly We Hailed.” Thank you for your consideration.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I'm reasonably skilled on GarageBand, and lately, I've been treating it as an instrument in its own right, and composing directly for it. I would be able to create a track for the episode.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

You-Got-to-Move-arranged-P-V.pdf

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://youtu.be/hjQdcU7oUQA

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BOOK FILE:  

Briar-Rose.pdf

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VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Rollin Jewett

EMAIL:       rolljet@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       July 1, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Rollin Jewett is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, singer/songwriter, poet, and photographer. His screenwriting credits include Laws of Deception and American Vampire. His work has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, and his plays have been produced all over the world.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I am a patriot of this country and have a deep and abiding respect for our troops. My father,brother and grandfather all served in different wars and it's part of our family history. In addition, I have already written several songs (please listen to links above) regarding veterans and have created videos of these songs. I would love to share in this important program for our veterans.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I would be happy to contribute the songs above or try to create something new for the program.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.broadjam.com/songs/rollin/what-did-you-do-in-the-war-daddy

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VIDEO LINK:   https://www.broadjam.com/songs/rollin/in-my-country


CONTACT NAME:   Katie Brady

EMAIL:       katiebradymusic@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 30, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Katie Brady is an award-winning composer, playwright and singer/songwriter. Her debut musical comedy - The Test - won "Most Outstanding Musical" at the San Diego International Fringe Festival 2016. Her songs Hear You In The Wind, My Pet Rock, And Love (co-written with John and Ken Burton) and Dusty Stone Floor (co-written with Debbie Ladas) have received song awards in multiple competitions. Ms. Brady completed the NMI Core Curriculum as both a composer and lyricist and has had two songs selected as trunk songs for NMI. She currently resides in San Diego, CA.


VISION STATEMENT:  

There are two reasons I would like to be involved with this project and both stem from a desire to learn.

Looking forward, I would like to be considered for this project because I am currently involved with NMI in a virtual production and I’m finding this process to be a fascinating discovery of a new/old art form. We are reworking a stage piece I wrote for the postponed 2020 Hollywood Fringe Festival and the technology of what’s possible is mind-blowing. I feel that NMI is on the cutting edge of a new creative expression. I want to be in on the ground floor of this movement and learn as much as possible.

I also love to learn people’s stories and humbly attempt to translate those stories to art. I love to try to learn what makes people tick. What makes people like my neighbor Dave - an endearing, 90-year-old, retired five-star admiral - stay present to his neighbors with a ready smile on his sun-beaten face. How did my friend Kelle - a petite, retired navy doctor - handle being away from her two children for eight-month stints? How have the spouses and children of veterans handled the long separations and constant uprootings? How did my friend Bill – a larger-than-life, retired marine helicopter pilot - find a way to take his combative energy and redirect it productively once he was no longer in battle? I want to explore what makes Dave and Kelle and Bill get up in the morning and stay productively and creatively engaged in the world. And then I want to express and share their humanness through lyrics and music.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I would be able to create piano tracks and possibly guitar tracks.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

who-would-want-to-live-here-by-Brady.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

piano-who-would-want-to-live-here-core-2-11_17_18-2.07-PM.mp3


VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uQFyLXgAfA

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:  

sample-of-book-writing-from-Musical-Fly-Fly-Fly.pdf

SCORE FILE:  

15-Girl-Like-Me.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

a-girl-like-me-demo-11_21_16-8.12-AM-1.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Eric C. Jones

EMAIL:       ecj03drama@yahoo.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 26, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Eric Jones (Composer, Lyricist & Librettist) is a Medford, Massachusetts born, Minnesota &
Texas raised artist. Mr. Jones is a graduate of Texas Southern University; B.S. Pharmacy. He has
been involved with the Christian theater circuit since 1995 as a writer, actor, director and
composer. Writing credits includes: Children of the Passage, Three Crosses, Postcard Journeys
though Christmas, Hallelujah Follies, Sweet Freedom, American Skin Freedom Quilt, Liberators
and Fired! The Musical, American Rifle at the Fade to Black Theater Festival, & Audition at the
Fragmentation IV; Acting credits include: The Elder in Children of the Passage, Rev. Tuck in
Three Crosses, Seward in Winter Garden, Mr. Gable in Postcard Journeys though Christmas.
Film Credits; Mortal Love for the 48 Hour Film Project Houston 2011 (Screenwriter & Actor),
Curveball for the 48 Hour Film Project 2012(Story Writer, Actor & Producer) winner of 5
awards for Best of Film ceremony Dreamland Murders (Story & Co-Scriptwriter, Actor &
Producer); winner of 6 Awards for Best of Film including Best Screenplay Nomination.
Dreamland Murders also won the 2015 Silver REMI Award at the 2015 World Fest Houston
Film Festival for Best Dark Comedy. Directing credits include: Children of the Passage, Miracle
at Nativity Park & Co-directed Liberators a New Musical. Currently Emancipation will be
premiering at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival, The Underachieving Adulterer written by
Devan Wade. . “I would like to thank God, my family, WRCF church and the Ensemble Theater
for supporting us over the years


VISION STATEMENT:  

I so appreciate the service and bravery of our men and women in uniform. I am the son of an Air Force Physician and Officer. I grew up half of my life on Air Force bases throughout the US. I'm so honored that this project is honoring this service people for their dedication and sacrifice. This would be my very first time writing an internet song/ script for the this particular project. I enjoy a challenge and I want to write with respect and reverence to these service men and women and I do believe that their stories must be told and told properly.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

WAR-LETTERS-1.pdf

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://soundcloud.com/the-motor-ballet/wartime-lullaby-1?in=the-motor-ballet/sets/war-letters-completed

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:  

LiberatorsLASTCut.pdf

SCORE FILE:  

Two-Fronts-Jan-16-2018.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

Copy-of-12-Two-Fronts.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Anita Prestdige

EMAIL:       adprestidge@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 22, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Anita Prestidge uses collaboration and self-aware sensory input as a means to draw out multiple perspectives and tell stories that create opportunities for meaningful acknowledgment of characters and new dialogues. Anita earned her Bachelor of Arts in both Theater and Music from the University of St. Catherine. For the past three years Anita has collaborated with her partner composer/sound researcher Mike von der Nahmer on storytelling that is personal, timely and transformative.


VISION STATEMENT:  

As a granddaughter/niece/sister of veterans representing the army, air force, navy from WW2 through Desert Storm and modern operations around the world I am eager to be part of a project that would honor the veteran experience with a nuanced sensibility of their humanity.
Through my collaboration with Mike von der Nahmer I have had the privilege of working with immigrants, youth and seniors to transform their stories and often their own words into lyrics and theater pieces. I was co-librettist for Blue Hum, part of an international song cycle exploring the refugee/immigrant experience of escape/journey/arrival delving into universal themes with a specific arc developed from stories collected from interviews with immigrants which premiered in Toronto, Canada (July 2018). Growing Wise in New Ulm, MN (August 2018) was a youth project developed by Mike von der Nahmer to foster a connection between scientific exploration and storytelling through music and text over the course of a week long day camp. Most relevant was my experience as co-librettist and director for Growing Young: “I’m a Story Myself” with Marianna Mott Newirth and Mike von der Nahmer, which premiered Queens, NY (June 2018), where interviews with seniors were transformed into theater pieces performed by young actors for the seniors with their friends and family. This project was a wholly satisfying process of developing relationships, teasing out the essence of characters and distilling words into the authentic coherence of theatrical pieces.
The opportunity to continue that work of looking at our humanity through specific and universal experiences with a demographic that has too often been represented in starkly simplistic terms - either glorifying or demonizing - is exciting and necessary in order to truly honor their stories and the truths they contain.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

2018-6-20-Growing-Young-Speck-on-a-Speck.pdf

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VIDEO LINK:  

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BOOK FILE:  

BLUEHUMExcerpts.pdf

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2eA3AbrlVc


CONTACT NAME:   Cris Eli Blak

EMAIL:       crisblakwrites@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 18, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Cris Eli Blak is a playwright, screenwriter, performer and theater practitioner. He wrote and co-produced the short film "The Brother's Survivor" which won an award at the Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival. He is also a two-time poetry slam champion and was commissioned by the Louisville Arts Network to write "HOPE: Living as a Black Man in America." His work has been performed by Roaming Theatre Collaborative, Illuminate Theatre, Next Generation Stage Directors, Here We Go Productions and Earworm Audio Theatre Podcast, among others.


VISION STATEMENT:  

This project appeals to me because I come from a long line of veterans and servicemen. My uncle was a soldier in Vietnam and is still dealing with the effects of it, both good and bad. I have always wanted to tell his stories, the stories he has so long kept inside of him, the stories he sometimes tells with great pleasure and other times with great pain. I want to tell someone else's uncle's story. I want people to know and see these veterans as who they are: heroes, no matter what personal feelings you might have. I have written scripts for several internet productions for theaters throughout the country, especially in recent times.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

HANDS-FROM-THE-FIRE-by-CRIS-ELI-BLAK.pdf

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://anchor.fm/earworm/episodes/Episode-3-Hands-From-the-Fire-edi1b9

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:  

THE-BARTENDER-by-Cris-Eli-Blak.pdf

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.instagram.com/p/CALnNMxF01u/


CONTACT NAME:   Brad Beaver

EMAIL:       bradbeaver@verizon.net

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 8, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Brad Beaver – LYRICIST

Brad is a long-term member of the NMI and the Dramatists’ Guild. He won a VATEA grant for the musical Computer Games, performed at Genesee Community College. Musicals for which he has written book and/or lyrics include The Magical Wind, For Fun and Profit, Killing Time, My Last Halloween, Searching for the Rabbit Prince, Swiss Family Robinson, Wild Space a Go-Go, Wind in the Willows (winner of the Theatre for Youth class of the Chameleon Theatre Circle’s New Play Contest and Honorable Mention in the Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Playwriting Contest), Wild Space a Go-Go and Upon a Winter Road.


VISION STATEMENT:  

VISION STATEMENT

What appeals to me about the project is that you are looking “compelling personal stories to tell.” Such stories form the heart of theatre, and I believe veterans’ experiences to be a rich area to mine them. I’m a veteran myself, and, though I do not tout anything any tale from my personal military career, in my four years in the air force I often worked with men who had some, including a one who received a silver star for heroism in combat (he eventually became a two-star general) and another who spent six years as a prisoner in the “Hanoi Hilton.” But it’s not these I’m trying to promote; people should tell their own stories, and I’m a writer, not a hero. They are interesting stories, though, and I would be happy (and honored) to be associated with the telling of some of them.

As for my background in writing internet scripts/songs, it is non-existent, but I have extensive experience in writing for live theatre. May I venture to suggest that the two may be somewhat related? (For what it’s worth, a twenty-minute play for which I wrote lyrics was performed in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, filmed and resides on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=hUEpXm1Oee8)

Incidentally, though I consider myself predominately a lyricist, I have written book for several musicals, and could help out in that area if necessary.

Further samples of my work are available on request.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

N/A


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

I-Guess-I-Got-the-Man-Wrong_Lyric.docx

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  

06-I-Guess-I-Got-The-Man-Wrong.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:  

The-Viper-8000-Scarlet-Scorpion-Streak_Lyric.docx

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  

011-The-Viper-8000-Scarlet-Scorpion-Streak_7_29_11.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Stephanie Carlin

EMAIL:       sleotacarlin@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 7, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Stephanie L. Carlin is a composer, performer, writer, producer and music arranger. She graduated Summa Cum Laude at Berklee College of Music with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production with a minor in Musical Theatre Writing. Stephanie has composed music and lyrics for numerous musical theatre productions, including Children of the Decree (2016), Big, Loud (2020), and undecided (2020). Her songs were featured at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in The 2016 SLP Concert and The 2019 Songwriting Workshop with Ben Bonnema and Joe Iconis. Currently, she is a composer in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. She is always willing to discover and write new music and stories, bringing it to as many people as possible.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I feel like people misunderstand the experience of veterans. My grandfather served in the military during the Korean War and he was drafted so he was forced to stop his entire life just to go fight for reasons that were unknown to him. That is terrifying within itself but, despite not doing that anymore, the US still manages to have the one of the largest armies in world filled with volunteers and that to me speaks to the bravery of this country. The fact that there are people willing to sacrifice their time with family and friends to protect them is honorable. I want to know their experiences and honor them because they deserve the utmost respect. As for my experience in writing internet songs, I have dabbled but not as much experience as I would hope.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I can mix and master in Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, and Ableton Live so I'm confident I can produce a track.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

4.-Red-Star-Full-Score.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

Red-Star-orchestrated.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

2.-In-Between-Matthew.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

In-Between-8-8-2019.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Alexander Craven

EMAIL:       alexandercraven98@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 5, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

I am a composer and lyricist that has been writing for the musical theatre for three years. I've done a cabaret of my original songs in Manhattan, and I graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor's degree in Drama and Music this year. Now, I am ready to ardently pursue my craft full-time.


VISION STATEMENT:  

Both my great uncle and grandfather were veterans (serving in World War II and Korea respectively), so I know that the stories veterans tell touch upon many distinct aspects of life, from brotherhood and honor to the unspeakable horrors of war. Such subjects, clothed in the green and tan of military garb, unquestionably make for interesting and meaningful drama. And if it makes for good drama, I can find a way to effectively musicalize it.

I've written songs that I have thereafter recorded and uploaded to Dropbox and Facebook. I found the process to be intuitive and a natural extension of how I disseminate my work.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I can, with one hundred percent certainty, guarantee that I will be able to make a track for the episode. I write my piano/vocal scores in Musescore, which allows me to export my work to an mp3 file at the click of a button. I can make a track with both the vocals and accompaniment and also make a track with accompaniment only, so any singer will easily be able to learn and record my song.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

The-Things-You-See.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

The-Things-You-See.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

You-Wish.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

You-Wish.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  


CONTACT NAME:   Mike von der Nahmer

EMAIL:       pmvdn1@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 4, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Mike von der Nahmer is a composer, sound researcher, music psychotherapist and creator and artistic director of MuTaDra (Music – Theater – Drama) home of transformative music theater. His American/German/Cuban heritage influences the questions of identity, complexity, and transcendent connection that shape his music. He has written over 30 works for stage and over 100 works for concert and film; many have received national/international awards and been performed around the world.

Mike holds a B.A. in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich. In May 2015, he received an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University, where he held a Tisch School of the Arts Departmental Fellowship and studied with composers Mel Marvin, Fred Carl and Randall Eng. He also studied Film Scoring at UCLA where he studied with Lee Sanders and Craig Stuart Garfinkle. He also holds an M.A. in Music Therapy from the University of Augsburg and a certificate in Music-Imaginative Pain Treatment from the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

Mike’s barrier-breaking, eclectic background explains his passion for music both as artistic expression and as a means to connect disparate cultures. His desire to be an agent of radical connection – to literally create harmony out of apparent dissonance – is his defining motivation.


VISION STATEMENT:  

My work in musical theater tells stories that address existential questions: Who and why are we? How does one fit into society? What makes fitting such an uncertain, mysterious journey? I envision musical theater in which each audience member feels the impact of these questions, and is moved towards personal reflection.
I create theater from stories that offer multiple perspectives on life in society.
Especially in the last couple of years I was commissioned numerous pieces that were developed pieces based on interviews that my team and I transformed into songs or song cycles. Among those pieces is the attached song “Night After Night” for a benefit gala against stigmatizing mental disorders which was inspired by a short essay. Other pieces include the song cycle “Blue Hum” about the refugee crises which was based on several interviews I lead with refugees, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2eA3AbrlVc&app=desktop, the project “Growing Young”
For which I received funding from McKnight and in Queens New York the SU-CASA residency where I worked on retelling where I retold the time of seniors when they were young https://growingyoung.mutadra.com/growing-young/queens-2018/
Most recently I was selected by White Snake Projects for their “Sing out Stong: DeColonized Voices” project https://www.classical-scene.com/2020/05/17/decolonized-vocies/.
This spring was also the premiere of the large scale choir cantata “Nia Wa Ja Shu – Make the World New” about the world wide Greta Thunberg movement with over 260 kids singing for their future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WkwT-s4YuU
These are just a couple of pieces show my ongoing interested in pieces with important issues and questions. For me it`s about the human behind the stories and so I am very intrigued about this project as well as it lines up perfectly with life`s work of giving voice to those important stories and even more that is created in way that I worked now for several years in transforming interviews into meaning full and dramatic songs and stories. Other works of mine include the musical WELCOME TO HELL, commissioned by the Neuköllner Opera in Berlin about the horrific G20 protests in Hamburg which was nominated as the most popular new musical in Germany in 2018 from which I have attached one song as well.

I am also currently working on several filmed music theater projects. Among them is an opera project called WHEN FALLING...DIVE with New York writer and producer Marianna Newirth.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I am a professional and trained composer for music theater and film and I am able to create any kind of track with or without click track, only electronic or hybrid scores with one ore more recorded instruments.

Here is another example of mine, TIGHTROPE with electronic and two vocalists.
https://soundcloud.com/peter-michael-von-der-nahmer/tightrope-an-electropera

Here is very recent film score I wrote for a short documentary about the important Jewish leader Hugh Pollack, past president of the Town and Village Synagogue in New York. This tracks is a hybrid score. We recorded one cello and the rest is all me with samples. Jump to 2:54
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Sa1liqb0I


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

No.-1-OPENING-WELCOME-TO-HELL-Alle-2018-03-18-Score-copy.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

02-Welcome-to-Hell-copy.m4a


VIDEO LINK:   https://en.hdhod.com/After-the-G20-riots-in-Hamburg-now-the-musical-Welcome-to-Hell_a18421.html

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SAMPLE #2

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2018-10-04-Night-After-Night-Partitur.pdf

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VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfBFwN_w2JE


CONTACT NAME:   Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm

EMAIL:       kerrykaz@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 4, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Kerry Kazmierowicztrimm has had over 300 productions of his plays and musicals staged in five countries. Three of his plays and musicals have been published by Beat by Beat Press, which also released recordings of his shows SALLY SELLS SEASHELLS and GIANTS IN THE SKY. His play WOUNDED premiered Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse and is currently under option to be adapted into a feature film. His play E-SCAPE just toured Minnesota as part of Climb Theatre's 2019-2020 season. He’s won and placed in over two dozen playwriting competitions, including being a Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. For more info, please visit www.kerrykaz.com


VISION STATEMENT:  

I wrote a play titled WOUNDED that played Off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse that explored the experience of veterans and caregivers; since then, I've felt very compelled to try to tell stories that use theatrical elements to convey the many experiences that veterans go through after they come home.

I wrote an audio drama for the La Jolla Playhouse's "Without Walls" podcast series (the episode will be released June 15th) that incorporates original songs (for which I co-wrote the lyrics) in a diegetic manner. That script, titled APART TOGETHER, is attached as my first sample.

I also wrote lyrics for a song for the "On Hope" Song Cycle, produced by The Other Palace. The song, titled CAN'T WAIT, was conceived and produced as a music video - and is the second sample I've attached.

Along with those online projects, I have a couple other musical podcasts currently in development and am also in the process of developing a children's musical TV pilot.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

Apart-Together-5_20.pdf

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:  

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bVuH2lm-Wo&t=6s


CONTACT NAME:   Leland Frankel

EMAIL:       LelandFrankel@Gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 4, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

I am an award-winning lyricist and playwright based in Los Angeles, CA. My stage projects have been produced around the world, from New York to London to Rome. In partnership with composer Mina Bloom, my short musicals have been performed at the Boston Theater Marathon, Harvard Signet Society, Festival for New American Musicals, and more. Our first full-length song cycle, "We Three Sisters," premiered with Method & Madness Theater Company in 2019. I am also writing a horror concept album with Israeli composer Stav Drieman, as well as original songs for a virtual reality experience with Parisian studio DV.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I am drawn to stories about the extremes of humanity, and nothing is more extreme than the act of war. Infinite chaos, bloodshed, and trauma...and all for what? This project is a terrific opportunity to explore one-of-a-kind perspectives on the darkest moments of our species and (hopefully) uncover a glimmer of hope, of beauty, in the bleakness. Because at the end of the day, I am an optimist. I want to believe the best of people, and to highlight the qualities that make the world a better place: Grace, compassion, and self-sacrifice. Additionally, I am a huge fan of documentary theatre, and would love the chance to explore true stories through the lens of a musical; my ambition is to constantly push the musical form further, and this subject will let me experiment with new modes of song-driven storytelling.

I have written songs for the internet several times in the past. Most recently, I worked with a channel called Musicals and the Real World to write a comedic video called "Student Debt: The Musical." I am also creating original songs for the #1 musical theater channel on Twitch, Pixel Playhouse, which will be streamed live online.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  

Killing-Time_Demo.mp3


VIDEO LINK:  

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SAMPLE #2

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VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii_KHOMXdSw


CONTACT NAME:   Annabelle Revak

EMAIL:       annabelleleerevak@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 4, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Annabelle Revak originally from Spooner, Wisconsin.n She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago (BA Music Composition & BA Musical Theatre) Her first full-length original musical, Notes and Letters, will be premiered at Underscore Theatre Company in 2021. MD: The King's Legacy (Bristol Valley Theatre), Scandusical!-A Musical Parody (Emerging Artist's New Works Festival, TADA Theatre), The Ballad of Lefty and Crabbe (Underscore Theatre Company, AMD) Murderous Innocent; Notes and Letters (CMTF 2018), Lysistrata Jones (Refuge Theatre Project), Abduction! The Musical (Locked Door Productions), and [title of show]; Make Me Bad, High Fidelity, (Columbia College Chicago). Orchestrations/arrangements: Proxy, (Alexander Sage Oyen), Make Me Bad (Drew Gasparini), Wife Material (Underscore Theatre Company), and TAKE ME (Strawdog Theatre Company).


VISION STATEMENT:  

The script and score sample I've provided are from my show 'Notes & Letters', which is a musical based on my great-great-grandfather's immigration to Chicago from the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia/Bohemia) during WWI. In the show, I cover his serving in the US Army. Fictionally, his best friend in the show dies in battle. I have learned so much by documenting my great-great-grandfather's experiences, which I have record of via the letters his family sent to him, which were kept by my grandmother. I would love to do an exploration and musicalization of someone else's experience, as I believe these stories are so important to tell, and are strangely relevant, for being in a 'peaceful' (PLEASE note the quotation marks) time in our country's history. I believe as an artist I have the power to both display the world of the past, reflect the world we live in now, and inspire the world that comes next. Getting to know a veteran's story would be an honor and something I would be very excited to musicalize.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I have a mic and a piano at home, and while not professional grade, I can produce a high-quality track/demo/recording with it.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

NOTES-AND-LETTERS-3252020.pdf

SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.annabelleleerevak.com/shows

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

09.-Picking-Up-Pieces-NL-2020-PianoVocal.pdf

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqG2MHPXFfQ&feature=emb_logo


CONTACT NAME:   R. D. (Rick) Rhobajt

EMAIL:       Rickrobot@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 4, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

R. D. Rhobajt is a writer of several musicals and plays which have been workshopped or produced at Festival 56, The Minnesota Fringe Festival, New Musicals Inc., The Playwrights’ Center, Nautilus Music Theatre, Highlands Elementary School, Renegade Theatre Company, and at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where he received a degree in music. He has also written numerous video scripts and articles on songwriting and music theory for PBS.org, Soundfly.com, Tonaltrends.com, and Proaudiomasterclasses.com, and has recorded many albums of original music and played guitar and banjo on many record albums with various groups.


VISION STATEMENT:  

The first 2-act musical I wrote was called "Heavens' Soldiers." (Elise actually did a script 30-minute audio review for me on it, man time flies.) I have since changed the name to "Peace Charge" as people kept thinking it was some kind of Christian thing and they didn't get the apostrophe placement. Anyhow, I like writing about soldiers. My dad, grandpas, and uncle were soldiers. Hey you know, my dad is currently working on his memoir. I should rope him into submitting to project. I’ll send him the link. I’d say my own personal bend is to treat material more “Slaughterhouse Five” than “Saving Private Ryan,” but if selected and paired with a veteran more on the patriotic side I would endeavor to write what they want me to write and not what I would want to write. My experience writing for the internet is limited to the workshop I did with Scott like two years ago, I wrote book and lyrics for “Happy Landings,” (the one with the particles in the sky.)


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I record my own demos, usually just voice/piano/guitar. Here's a link to my media reel, on the left are all my soundcloud tracks if you'd like to here more of what they sound like than just the two uploaded demos. Thanks.
https://www.rhobajt.com/media-reel


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  

HeavensSoldiersSong03ThePledge.mp3


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1-Ever-Happily-Songs-for-a-Climate-Changed-World-1.mp3


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CONTACT NAME:   Filip Holacky

EMAIL:       madviolist1@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 4, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Filip Holacky is a Czech composer, writer, lyricist, and orchestrator based in Glasgow, UK. He studied viola at the Brno Conservatory, Czech Republic, and performed in many countries around Europe and the USA. He's currently finishing his studies in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Among many other successes, in 2019, his opera "The Orangery" won the Edinburgh Studio Opera Composition Award for the Best New Opera.


VISION STATEMENT:  

Coming from the country that was heavily affected by WW2, I've been always interested in the topic of war, concentration camps, the effect of war on human mind, pacifism.

Recently, I have written an opera "Auschwitz Lovers" based on the story presented in NYTimes for the project Opera Harmony - this opera is being performed online (in the form of pre-recorded audios) in upcoming weeks.

While I have no other experience with internet scripts or songs, I have worked remotely with other creatives as composer, arranger, and orchestrator, and I'm aware of the limits of online performances. I have created musical theatre scores that were performed as radio plays (which have very similar limitations), and I quickly adapt to new conditions of all kinds.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I am used to creating backing tracks on my computer - for example, you can check out the sound quality of one of my latest songs recorded during the lockdown here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qkMdmZZO8Y - and while I'm not a singer myself, I know a lot of professional performers who are always willing to participate in new exciting projects and could help me to create the track.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPkuQgN-zuM

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SAMPLE #2

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:  

HOLACKY_Mapping-Out-the-World.pdf

SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpUx1cDkFuU


CONTACT NAME:   Christine Croyden

EMAIL:       cristine.croyden@gmail.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 3, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

Christine Croyden is a Melbourne-based playwright, independent producer, lyricist and novelist. Her plays are licensed and published by Australian plays.org https://australianplays.org/playwright/ASC-3983. She writes character-based drama, and storytelling is her passion.
In 2011 Croyden was selected for the Inaugural Stage and Screen Residency at Varuna. In 2012 she was the recipient of a Copyright Agency Ltd (CAL) Scholarship and was mentored by lyricist, Jack Robinson in Paris and MMD (Mercury Musical Developments) in London. She completed a six-month playwriting residency at the Cartoucherie, a French theatre company in Paris in 2017.
Her most recent play UNDERGROUND, inspired by the adventures of Nancy Wake – a WW2 special agent, was produced at Gasworks Arts Park in March 2019 and toured various Melbourne theatres. Her new play, JOY will be performed at Heide Museum of Modern Art together with the Joy Hester exhibition in May 2020.
She is also the author of two novels for young adults, The Painted Portal and The Memory Thief, many short stories and articles in journals and newspapers. Christine currently works as a tutor at the University of Melbourne and for NIDA Open.
For further information please visit Christine’s website www.christinecroyden.com


VISION STATEMENT:  

I am a playwright and lyricist based in Melbourne Australia, I spent many years working on a musical (book and lyrics) about an Australian WW2 veteran Nancy Wake titled, 'The white mouse musical' with composer Drew Lane. I was granted a 'Saluting their service' grant from Veteran's affairs to help develop this work. It had several showings, including one at the Caulfield RSL as part of ANZAC celebrations in 2016. I have also written a play about Wake UNDERGROUND produced and published in 2019, it then toured Melbourne. I have an ongoing interest in veterans and their stories of bravery and adventure and my special interest is WW2. I was granted a playwriting residency in Paris in 2017 and spent many months researching the stories of women of the French resistance. I have also collaborated on writing stories of nurses during war and in disaster zones. My website has a list of my plays and songs and most of them centre around the theme of survival.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I love working with people and telling their stories. I also enjoy research, my next play which will be produced once the COVID 19 restrictions are lifted, is about Joy Hester, an Australian artist who survived many things. It will be produced at Heide Museum of Modern Art alongside a survey exhibition of her work as it is the centenary of her birth. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to tell veteran's stories through lyrics or in the form of a play. My work and lyrics can be viewed on my website www.christinecroyden.com


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

ASC_UNDERGROUND_AVAILABLE.pdf

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VIDEO LINK:   www.christinecroyden.com

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I_cannot_say-1.mp3


VIDEO LINK:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktmUva0JVpM


CONTACT NAME:   Jeff Dunne

EMAIL:       jeff@bearcreations.org

DATE SUBMITTED:       June 3, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

While I have been writing a wide variety of prose and music over the past forty-five years, my playwriting activities began only in 2017. Over the past few years I have written approximately eighty scripts, split fairly evenly between comedies and dramas, but always with an underlying message of some kind. I particularly enjoying writing to prompts and finding ways to share stories. In terms of recognition, I've received several dozen awards over the past three years, and had plays produced across the country.


VISION STATEMENT:  

I think the mission of this project is critical - people need to hear the stories of veterans, to understand the sacrifices we ask of them and the prices they have paid in defending us and our society. While I have not been enlisted in the armed forces, I have a great many friends who have, and I did serve as a civilian as part of the admiral's staff on an aircraft carrier for several months (which was just enough to appreciate how much I don't know).

I have written several scripts recently that were intended specifically for sharing over the internet, and have composed roughly 175 songs over the past thirty years.

(Note: the two scripts that I included were not written specifically for the internet. I chose those two because they were extremely different in nature/character.)


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I am primarily interested in writing scripts and stories, although I could possibly do something musical if necessary. I have Mixcraft Pro for composing music, and have a basic fluency with Davinci Resolve.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:   SCORE FILE:   SOUND FILE:  
VIDEO LINK:   http://www.bearcreations.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Moving-On.pdf

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VIDEO LINK:   http://www.bearcreations.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Words-Are-Uselss.pdf


CONTACT NAME:   Ogden Rime

EMAIL:       rime@nmi.org

DATE SUBMITTED:       May 23, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

bat cat fat lax


VISION STATEMENT:  

My vision's not so good.


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

I have an 8-track


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

Submission-Info-For-Marketing.docx

SCORE FILE:  

CAC_VIA_2019-20_GrantListings.pdf

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CAC-logo-1.png

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CONTACT NAME:   Stephen Green

EMAIL:       elisedewsberry@outlook.com

DATE SUBMITTED:       May 23, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   WRITER

BIOGRAPHY:  

This is my brief bio.


VISION STATEMENT:  

This is my vision statement


CAN YOU MAKE TRACKS?:  

Nope - can't do it.


HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

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SAMPLE #1

BOOK FILE:  

3LoveMyTexas.pdf

SCORE FILE:  

5Lemonade2.pdf

SOUND FILE:  

5Lemonade2.mp3


VIDEO LINK:   https://youtu.be/JDJQo6BkOLk

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VIDEO LINK:   https://youtu.be/JDJQo6BkOLk


CONTACT NAME:   Sgt. Elise Green

EMAIL:       elise@nmi.org

DATE SUBMITTED:       May 23, 2020
SUBMISSION TYPE:   VETERAN

STORY DESCRIPTION:  

This is a brief description of my story.


BIOGRAPHY:  

This is my brief bio.


VISION STATEMENT:  

This is my vision statement.


ARE YOU A WRITER?:   No - please find me a writer.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE VETERAN'S PROJECT?:  

AUDIO/VIDEO of my story:

SOUND FILE:  

2TheAmericanWayAccOnly.mp3


VIDEO LINK:   https://youtu.be/JDJQo6BkOLk