Putting pen to paper can be therapeutic
By PTSDJournal Staff
The Deadly Writers Patrol believes in the healing powers of writing. Initially started with a mission to provide a greater understanding of the Vietnam era and the war’s effect, the DWP has evolved as a new generation of veterans returns home from conflicts in the Middle East.
“One thing you realize when you start writing is that everyone has a different reality,” said Bruce Meredith, the Patrol’s managing editor.
Among the site’s core beliefs is that writing explores the possibility of healing and helps to resolve problems. Meredith views the group as an outreach effort that can bring a face to the parts of life that often remain a mystery.
Veterans at war go through experiences that, unless you witness the acts and results of war, you can’t understand. Writing can serve as catharsis by allowing soldiers to reflect the deepest corners of their spirits and psyches. Unloading thoughts on paper can lead to burdens being lifted and healing through sheer expression.
Meredith says this will allow veterans returning home to understand themselves and their own experiences better, and possibly help others better understand veterans and the burdens they carry.
For more go to: DeadlyWritersPatrol.org