First Farmville Area 9/11 First Responders Commemoration

Colonel Janice Johnson, (U.S. Army retired) was the featured speaker at this September 11 event sponsored by American Legion Auxiliary Post #32 at the Farmville, VA, Fire Department.  A Longwood University graduate (1982), she served around the globe, but was at the Pentagon on that tragic day and lost two officemates. Four Longwood University students performed the national anthem for … Read More

Tech Help for Vets

Mark Casper, Executive Director of Tech For Troops Project, recently gave Home and Abroad’s Director a tour of the non-profit’s Richmond headquarters and workplace. His energy and commitment to this mission carried over from his career as a Marine.    The organization’s aim, Mark explains, is “to provide veterans with computers, hands-on technical skills and training to help them start … Read More

new book on Vietnam

I was honored to read some of the early drafts of this fine book, now available through Amazon. As you can see from my comments and those of others, it deserves a wide audience.

New Home for Home and Abroad

      Longwood University has provided an office on campus for the director to meet with interested parties and to display writings by participants in the program. Feel free to drop by (though a phone call–395-4906–or an email at lundmc [at] longwood [dot] edu is advised).

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