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  •  There are so many threads in this diary that I (7+ / 0-)

    want to follow that I don't even know where to start. I've done some reading about veterans' programs that encourage practicing art, whether it be written or visual arts. I wonder if you have been involved in any of them.

    The MST issues, as you already know, needs to be in the spotlight daily. The more we all write about the topic, the better. I can't wait to see it become a front page DKos issue. I think we can get it there.

    Your comment about being a non-combat veteran struck home in a couple of ways. My dad, a 21 year AF retiree, refuses to call himself a veteran. He never fought in Vietnam and I think he believes his service in non-combat zones makes it impossible for him to use the designation. I wish he didn't think that. Then there is the opposite - my husband has deployed in support of Iraq and Afghanistan twice, once outside those countries but "in the sandbox" and once in Afghanistan. I often feel guilty that he hasn't gone more often and then I feel guilty for feeling that way. We know many families who have done multiple tours and I don't want that to be ours but, at the same time, I don't want to feel like we haven't taken our share of the burden. Guilt is a funny thing, isn't it?

    Anyway, this is rambling like crazy. You've written one hell of a piece. I hope you keep writing this way. If you do, we'll see you on the Recommend List pretty regularly before no time.

    •  Thank you, angelajean, (2+ / 0-)
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      I can identify with all of those feelings (your dad's and yours regarding your husband). I have looked at arts therapy and have pursued it. I've been involved in several groups and it helped me get a few things published. I'm a firm believer in strong group work (support). I believe we are all connected anyway in a spiritual sense, so things work here pretty much the same. I appreciate your support and kind thoughts here and online outside of here. The encouragement is invaluable.

      I discover myself on the verge of a usual mistake. ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

      by dannyboy1 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 at 04:22:50 PM PDT

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