We’d like your stories

FOR THE MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY

 

SACRIFICES (tentative title) EXHIBIT,

 

SCHEDULED FOR SUMMER 2014 AT THE NUCLEAR SCIENCE MUSEUM IN ALBUQUERQUE, NM

 

Please send us your personal thoughts, stories, and straightforward poems for possible inclusion in narrative components of the MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY’S Summer 2014 Exhibit at the Nuclear Science Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  We may lightly edit submissions for length, content and clarity.  Submissions may also become part of our permanent exhibit once we have procured our own building. 

 

DEADLINE:  December 15, 2013                 

 

SUBMIT BY EMAIL TO:  Military Family Museum militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net 

 

                               (ATTN:  Caroline A LeBlanc, Writer in Residence)

 

WORD LIMIT:  50 words

 

 

CONTENT THEMES:

 

 

                  IDENTITY:  Who is a military family member?   How is a military family member identified?   What does it mean to you to be a military family member?  Then and now?  Were you the service member, spouse or child of the service member?

 

                  SACRIFICE:  What sacrifices did you and your family make because someone in your family was in the military?

 

                  PRIDE:  What are you most/least proud of about having been in a military family?

 

                  -LOSS:  What losses did you have to live with:  moves, divorce, suicide, family strife, waiting during separations/deployments, untimely death?

 

                  -COMMUNICATION:   How did your family stay in touch with each other and extended family members, especially during deployments and other separations?

 

                  -HOME LIFE:  Where was your home front?  In the US or abroad?  Stories about where you lived in US and abroad.  Stories about life on a military base:  schools, shopping, housing.  How did you cope??  Stories about impact of deployment/redeployment on home life.  Stories about organizations such as the USO, Red Cross, Wives/Spouses clubs, enlisted/officer’s clubs?

 

                  -REUNIONS:  stories about living with service related injuries and illnesses, PTSD, TBI.  How did your family roles have to readjust and the family reunited?  How were you received by the community?  Did the GI Bill help, and how?  Did VA housing loans help, and how?  Did your family experience housing/job difficulties?  If you needed help when your SM returned, where did you get it and how easily (VA, other organizations)?  Your experiences with service dogs or equine therapy. 

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