Growing up, moving around

From state to state, not town to town.

At least every two to three years

Packing up, shifting gears.

Hopefully, you got your 1st choice

More often than not you had no voice.

If you were lucky you shipped out overseas

A new culture, new ways, new things to see.

A new history for you, new traditions in store

And the BRAT in you grew up craving more.

Some of us lucky and stayed over there

Some went and came back and settled elsewhere.

You learned early on not to let your roots thrive

Sure enough if you did, new orders would arrive.

Where to this time? Another great place?

Or returning somewhere you’d held in distaste?

Not that it mattered, your voice merely a noise

Which you kept to yourself at your parents’ choice.

You went where told with a smile on your face

Especially hard leaving old friends, some never to be replaced.

Some of us joined, or married back into the life

And some went civi, dare I say with some strife?

No matter the road we took after all

Some wanderlust in us all still continues to call…

–Karen Teich Cluster  3-27-21  COPR

(Daughter of CW4 Henry W. Teich Jr., US ARMY Helicopter Pilot, Korea and 2 Tours in Viet Nam)

*****SHARING is encouraged but MUST include my name, date written, and COPR!  ************

“SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

MAMF Special Projects Writer Caroline LeBlanc is seeking stories for:

SHOUT: Sharing Our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services”

This anthology seeks first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that will allow you to tell parts of your story that will also be helpful for others to read—others who live or want to understand the LGBT veteran experience. The last chapter of the book will list resources available to LGBT veterans.

Do not submit any materials previously published in print or online. Identifying information should be included in the body of the email only.

What Genres to Submit:

Fiction: up to 1200 words.

Non-Fiction (memoir, essays, and other non-fiction): up to 1200 words

Poetry: up to 40 lines.

Reviews: up to 1200 words about a movie, book, music, etc. that you think are important for others to know about.

Resources: submit information on resources you have found particularly helpful. (Name, webpage, telephone number, and services)

 You may submit up to 2 pieces in each genre. Each piece must be attached in a separate file. All pieces in a given category must be submitted in the same email. Pieces in separate categories must be submitted in separate emails.

Submissions are accepted between March 20 and June 20, 2016. For more information or for guidelines on how to submit, please visit:

 our projects website





Join us on March 27, 2015

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