For the past several years, veterans and their families from across the Kansas City metro area have been involved in programs at The Writers Place. In addition to the veteran-focused workshop series we have put on the past three years, there are also monthly writing groups that have grown from different programs over the years. Our very own Dr. H.C. Palmer, a retired physician and battalion surgeon with the First Infantry Division during the War in Vietnam, has been a huge force behind these programs and is a poet himself.
In 2014 and 2015, The Writers Place held weekend workshops called "Writing My Way Back Home," partnering with incredible organizations such as The Moral Injury Association or RezVets. These workshops helped veterans gain the tools and confidence they need to tell their stories and document their wartime experiences. Countless studies have shown that writing can be therapeutic, aid self-reflection, and help people organize their experiences and gain power over traumatic events. In 2016, we held a weekend of workshops called "Telling Your Story," which was open to veteran's family members as well and featured both military and non-military authors as speakers/instructors.
Above is a short video produced by KCPT that highlights our veterans program In Our Own Words.