Author: Brenda Pinnell

A Glimps of the Veteran I Never Knew: Reflections on Veterans with PTSD

Thinking of My Father Today: Recently, I saw a child who had written a short paragraph on what Veteran’s Day meant to them. That made me think long and hard about what it means to me. I have always had nothing but the greatest respect for all our veterans. They keep us and our country safe with the sacrifices they make. A sacrifice I know I could not make myself. But for many years, Veteran’s Day was not something I celebrated. For me, it only reinforced childhood memories I wanted to forget. My mother used to tell me stories...

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Wish you were here

    “Farmington, W.Va. June 17, 1936   My darling girl Talk about being lonesome, I am sure it tonite you see I just came in from the shovel and the people were as thick as they could be you know like (we) used to do when we worked on Route #5.  I saw two young couples leaving in a Ford roadster … and they seemed to love being with each other like we do.”  “Look at those pictures … your dad tells me that one of the old man is Bill. I don’t recognize that old man. I...

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