Are you a veteran dealing with significant anger or frustration as a result of your time in the service? If you find it difficult talking about your experiences, writing can help. Putting “pen to paper” is a powerful tool for addressing - and dealing with - the demons that haunt all of us. The goal of The New Ministry of Truth is to serve as a platform for veterans to share their own stories and, in the process, find catharsis by voicing their frustration.
How Does it Work?
Step 1: Write.
It can be hard, but just start writing. We all have experiences that have filled us with rage - or frustration - or anxiety - or hopelessness - or any other negative feeling. Think of the act of writing as a way to physically pour those emotions out of you and onto the page.
Stuck? Try answering one (or a few) of these question:
Why are you angry? What fuels this rage?
What experience from your time in the service fills you with the most anxiety when you think about it? Why?
When you’re feeling the most frustrated, what helps? What doesn’t?
When did you feel the most hopeless in the service?
What’s an experience from your time in the service that was so completely ridiculous, you can only laugh thinking about it?
These are just a few ideas to get you started. But, at the end of the day, the important thing is the process of writing - just get started.
Step 2: Submit.
For some people, just writing can provide healing power. For others, the act of sharing stories helps, too. If you’d like to publish your story, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Title of your story (your choice - what best describes your story?).
- Your name (first name and last initial is fine if you’d prefer to remain anonymous).
- Pictures (while not necessary, feel free to include any pictures you’d like published with your story).
Once received, our editors will revise your submission - just for grammar/spelling/punctuation, not style or content. We want your voice to be heard. After these revisions have been made, we will return the story to you for final approval. With your approval, we’ll publish the story at www.newministryoftruth.us and e-mail you a link.
Step 3: Share.
If you believe it will help your healing process, share the link to your story with friends, family, and anyone else you’d like.