Author/Editor Speaks

Home and Abroad hosted a round-table question-and-answer session with Jerri Bell, co-editor, with Tracy Crow, of the highly acclaimed It’s My Country too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan, on November, 2017, at the Farmville Virginia Post 7059 of the Veterans of Foreign War.   It’s My Country too is the first anthology to convey the rich … Read More

Southern history and military service

  Time, Space, and Poetry One goal of Home and Abroad is to give members of military families a forum to present their experiences in picture and text. The poems of Daniel Corrie have already found their way into print and to audiences, but this collection places them in a special context: a history of his family’s service to the … Read More

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