Book Signing

Friends and business associates of Ralph Jackson celebrated the completion of his memoir, “My Road to World War II and Beyond,” with a generous reception at the Lynchburg General Aviation terminal. Ralph, who served in the Navy in World War II, has an office in the complex and continues to train new pilots. He has given over 3,000 flight checks to qualified … Read More

War widow tells of her loss

Anita Carroll, Lynchburg resident, begins her straightforward account of loss and recovery this way: On February 28, 1969 while scouting for the enemy from above in a helicopter, an enemy soldier managed to shoot up through the chopper hitting Tom.The pilot immediately headed to the nearest Field Hospital at Lai Khe where it was determined he needed to be further … Read More

New Writing

Following a five-week writing workshop held at the Piedmont Area Veterans Council in Farmville, VA, four authors were presented with copies of their finished products. Ramon Stafford, “49 Months aboard the Cambria”, an account of one phase of a retired Navy Master Chief. Phyllis Stafford, “Oh, Best Beloved,” stories told by a Navy wife to her children, grandchildren, and great … Read More

Virginia Humanities Grant Application Approved

Home and Abroad projects in 2019 are supported in part by a grant from Virginia Humanities, whose mission is “to tell the stories of all Virginians—or, better yet, find ways for people to tell their own stories. We want to connect Virginians with their history and culture and, in doing that, help bring us all a bit closer together.“ Home … Read More

Tribute to Armed Forces Veterans

Home and Abroad had a table at the June 8 Tribute to Armed Forces Veterans at the Firemen’s Arena in Farmville, VA. Information about our free writing program for military, veterans, and family was available. Deanna Schwartz, one of the program’s authors, helped explain the benefits of the program. The event was organized by the Piedmont Area Veterans Council, VFW … Read More

Home and Abroad Author Remembers 50 Years Ago

  CONNECTINGVETS.COM’S Matt Saintsing chronicles Thomas Bragg’s 850 mile journey from Blackstone, Virginia, to Mundelein, Illinois, and the grave of his friend Eddie Lama, who died on March 31, 1969, in Vietnam. A search, a book, and a promise kept 50 years later APRIL 02, 2019 – 3:34 PM Thomas Bragg fulfilled a promise decades after he made it when … Read More

Female Veterans: The Story of Us

Home and Abroad’s Director is featured on WSET’s Living in the Heart of Virginia, February 18, in anticipation of the day-long symposium, Empowering Female Veterans.

Upcoming Symposium

The Director will be speaking about writing as a form of empowerment at this conference next month. Dr. Lund is also seeking contributors to a possible volume of stories about service in the military. Follow instructions above if you’re interested in attending. If you’re unable to attend but are interested, use the Contact page to send a query.    

NPR interviews veterans at Baptist Union Baptist Church

Ten veterans who attend Baptist Union Baptist Church in Dillwyn, Virginia, wrote about their time serving in the Armed Forces, and the NPR station in Harrisonburg, Virginia, posted a story for this Veterans Day about their expriences. It begins “There are many ways to honor Veterans on Veteran’s Day, but one of the easiest may be simply listening to their … Read More