Home and Abroad author on the radio

Marie Bates Seeney, who wrote an account of her service as an Army nurse in Vietnam, was interviewed about her life and writing for WFLO radio in Farmville on July 26. While on active duty in Qui Nhon, she married another nurse, Bob Sweeney. Their life together, her widowhood, and her life in Virginia are also recounted. Listen to the … Read More

Spring 2017 Project 1

   Sidney J. Paterson (Jackie) was inspired to join the Navy in the 1950s, well before women considered making a career of military service. She tells of the moment got the idea on the first page of her work, “All God’s Children”:    My heart tightened as Daddy’s cough tortured my ears. My Daddy was my “very, most, favorite Daddy … Read More

Spring 2017 Project 2

      Marie Bates Sweeney, Cumberland, Virginia, writes about her experiences as an Army nurse in Vietnam.             Her story begins this way:     My name is Marie Sweeney, and I will be sharing my experiences in Vietnam and life after my tour of duty over there with you; but first I want … Read More

New duties for Home and Abroad’s Director

Michael Lund has been named to the Advisory Council of Milspeak, a 501 public charitable organization supporting the creative arts endeavors of military service members, veterans, and family members. In the past he has served as a writing coach for the Milspeak Foundation, and the ebook version of his short story collection, How to Not Tell a War Story (2012) … Read More

The Blood Runs

     In 2016 Gentle Culpepper of Boston, Massachusetts, finished The Blood Runs, an autobiographical account of a life begun in poor neighborhoods of Boston and Los Angeles, continued in Vietnamese jungles, and resumed with battles against drugs, depression, and prejudice in the States. Gentle presents us with many images we would prefer not to encounter, but he delivers them … Read More

Of Helicopters and Heroes

This fall Gary Bowman of Loveland, Colorado, completed Of Helicopters and Heroes, a fictional account of a Huey helicopter crew chief’s one year tour in Vietnam. Inspired by real events, it includes photos and after-action reports to document the work’s historical accuracy. The tale begins with drama:     “It’s way too close in here,” Tim Burroughs thought. The river … Read More

Agent Orange Symposium

Michael Lund spoke about the Home and Abroad at The Agent Orange Symposium on December 10, 2016.

Piedmont vets support Lund

Co-Founder Sarah Dunn and President Shorty Osborn, right, present a $500 check to Dr. Michael Lund to be used for his “Home and Abroad” writing program for veterans and their families.

Spring 2016 Writing

On a January 1967 patrol in a remote valley of the highland wilds in Binh Dinh province, South Vietnam, miles from any friendly force, United States Army infantryman Stephen Saunders screamed inside his head, “‘Nobody cough or move.’” His inner voice was trying to reach the inner ears of Ski and Hays, the other two members of three-man “pony team.” … Read More