Editor Seeks Stories of Veterans' Success

Author, editor, writing coach, and speaker David Chrisinger has announced an upcoming editorial partnership with the Veterans Coming Home, an on-line media project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Wisconsin Public Television.

As a guest editor on the Veterans Coming Home blog, Chrisinger is seeking short (less than 3,000 words) stories from military veterans regarding techniques they've used toward mental, physical, and spiritual wellness, and toward reintegration with civilian life.

"We're looking for stories about health, finding purpose, and meaningful relationships," says Chrisinger. "We want personal stories of what veterans are doing and how it's helping."

Deadline is Oct. 14, 2018. Manuscripts need not be fully polished, Chrisinger says—there will be time for revisions prior to publication. Contributors also need not reside in Wisconsin, nor their stories directly relate to the midwest.

For more information regarding the "What's Worked for You?" call for submissions, click here.

While he is not a military veteran himself, Chrisinger has a proven history of working with veterans and communicating their stories. In 2016, he edited the collection of student-veteran essays "See Me for Who I Am." In addition to instructing writing workshops with organizations such as Team RWB and Bridging the Gap, Chrisinger also regularly works with contributors to the national on-line journal The War Horse.

According to the call for submissions, Veterans Coming Home is "an innovative, cross-platform public media campaign exploring 'what works' for veterans as they return to civilian life. We aim to explore the challenges veterans face and to share the success stories of veterans who are making a difference in the workplace, on campus, and in their communities."

According the Veterans Coming Home website, the project collects and disseminates stories of national, regional, and local interest in order to:
  • Communicate veterans’ stories through journalism, documentaries and online content. 
  • Convene local events such as job fairs and town hall meetings that recognize veterans for their service and directly connect veterans with resources, support and veterans service organizations. 
  • Collaborate with local organizations to better coordinate and publicize local services, facilitate dialogue, and connect more veterans with a healthy path.
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