If you have written a military-themed fiction or nonfiction book, or a military family memoir, MAMF wants to know! We will post press releases or articles/interviews or excepts of it in our book blog. If you want to read a short excerpt of it, we’ll post it on our podcast, too.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to send us a copy of your book for our library, we will appreciate that too!
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Did you grow up in the Military? Do you have trouble answering the question “where are you from?”
“Every Brat Has a Story” has been the theme of the Military Brats Registry since 1997. Members have submitted hundreds of interesting stories about their unusual lifestyle as military dependents growing up around the world. This book is a compilation of many of those stories to further our goal of preserving the culture and history of “Military Brats”
About the author:
Marc Curtis grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s as a “Military Brat.” His family moved every 1 to 3 years around California, Texas and Japan.
In 1994 he found a book called “Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress” by Mary Edwards Wertsch and began to discover why he reacted to life differently than most of his friends. Thus began his search for his “roots.”
In April of 1997 he created the Military Brats Registry (www.militarybrat.com) because he wanted to locate friends he knew during the times he lived at various military bases, and knew that others must want to find their friends too.
The Registry has become the largest online resource for reconnecting with friends, and understanding the unique culture and heritage of being a Military Brat.
To check out all of our publications, click the link.
“The Stan” is our creative non-fiction story told within context of therapy and marital counseling sessions. My son, and my combat experience together in Afghanistan and internal struggles in such context is one piece of our story. My son’s perspectives, my wife and daughter’s emotions, worries, and problems through my third, and our son’s first deployment are others.
Below we include additional data for your information. We seek partners, venues, and opportunities to help fellow vets, families, and those who care for or help us.
“The Stan” shares private thoughts, therapy sessions, journal entries, and memories of our family of four as father and son deploy to combat. A rare opportunity to experience deployment as we say goodbye, sacrifice for others, struggle inwardly, attempt to heal, and move on with life from differing, even opposing, perspectives. Observe unspoken emotions, hopes, and dreams common to military families.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Talley is a veteran of a twenty-six year marriage, twenty-eight year military career and three wars. His varied occupations include years of leadership in military, educational, industrial, religious, and civic organizations. God, through this experiential education, amassed within this storyteller numerous tales to be told. Dan is winner of both visual art and literary contests. His experience, quest for understanding, creativity, and artistry enable story-telling which guides others to comprehend truths from ordinary and extraordinary situations. Serving in combat with his son in 2010 brought new perspectives on Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s love. Subsequent depression, suicidal thoughts, and PTSD, contrast with a mission trip in India to grow greater compassion for others and a desire to assist in their personal growth.
“The Stan by Dan Talley is a soul-searing memoir….they give chapter and verse detail of the trauma of combat, its aftermath, and the real cost of it to those in uniform and loved ones at home. Those who have experienced what the Talleys have will understand. Those who have not will find in The Stan a powerful work to help bridge that gulf.”
Dwight Zimmerman, MWSA President & Reviewer
…Veterans of any combat will recognize themselves in here. So will family members. Maybe seeing each other’s stories in print will help bridge any divisions. For those that haven’t been part of a similar story, this book will help you understand.
-Skip Rhode- Kindle Reader & Veteran
“The Stan” holds nothing back – survivor’s guilt, crisis of faith, war’s negative effects families, veteran suicide, invisible wounds of war (PTSD and TBI), post-deployment career challenges – and offers powerful inspiration…
– Hannah Becker – Paperback reader & Veteran spouse
the Renaissance guy
speaker, artist, author
Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
October 5th radio interview – http://www.supertalk.fm/stations/meridian-103-3/behind-the-scenes-on-demand/
For Release September 2017
A distinguished musician and compelling American storyteller announces his debut book–
SAIGON KIDS: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam
On-sale in September 2017 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Books & Books and other top retailers. Publishing in conjunction with the Fall ‘17 release of Ken Burn’s PBS Documentary, “The Vietnam War”.
Miami, September 22, 2017— A new American storyteller, revealing true experiences of growing up in Vietnam, announces his debut book, SAIGON KIDS: An American Military Brat Comes of Age in 1960’s Vietnam, coming out in September 2017. Saigon will be released in conjunction with Ken Burn’s PBS Documentary.
In his debut book, prominent musician and experienced traveller, Les Arbuckle, invites readers to delve into the true memories and tales of growing up as a military brat in 1960’s Vietnam. For him, this isn’t just about the destructive war and tumult surrounding political and social issues. It’s about the exploration and understanding of experiences that a foreign land, fraught with tension, brought to American coming-of-age youths. The war, and the events leading up to it, provide an unusual backdrop to the children of military parents. Nothing about living in Saigon, Vietnam is as expected, and none of them will ever be the same again. In SAIGON KIDS, we are allowed a rare look into a long unexplored experience in history.
In SAIGON KIDS, Les Arbuckle:
• Touches upon what his childhood and expectations were like before moving to Saigon, Vietnam;
• examines how vastly different his expectations of Saigon were from reality;
• recalls the lives of his family and friends as they struggled to lead a normal life in an absurdly abnormal situation;
• recounts his first-hand experiences of disturbing, infamous acts and events that shocked the world;
• provides new information and insight to a period in history that has yet to be fully revealed. About the Author Les Arbuckle is a prominent musician and new American storyteller. In the years between his birth in 1949 and his nineteenth birthday, Les lived in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii and Vietnam as a dependent of the US Navy. His father, Bryant Joseph Arbuckle, was a Chief Journalist who managed the Armed Forces Radio Station in Saigon, Vietnam, from June, 1962 until June, 1964. After a stint with the 50th Army Band at Fort Monroe, Virginia Les attended the Berklee College of Music (BA) and New England Conservatory (MM). He is a professional saxophonist living near San Diego, California with his wife, Joyce Lucia. He has performed with a variety of musical acts including The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, The San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Orchestra and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. His recordings for the Audioquest label feature well-known jazz musicians Kenny Barron, Mike Stern, Cecil McBee, John Abercrombie and Victor Lewis. Published by Mango Publishing Group (Miami). For further details, please contact Mango at email@example.com or 305.428.2299.
WE ARE STILL SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR:
***HOME FRONT HEARTH: Recipes from Military Families around the World
This cookbook will be published in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Host Nation Hospitality. Seeking recipes and stories to go with them, or food-related stories. Deadline: June 30, 2017. Recipes/Stories should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
***WAR CHILD: Lessons Learned From Growing Up In War
Looking for first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members who were teenagers while deployed into combat, adults who, as children, grew up in a war zone, or children who experienced a parent or sibling serving in war. Submissions can be about the recent campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and conflicts in between. All pieces should be from a child’s perspective and, if applicable, include a reflection or lesson learned from the experience. We especially would like to include stories from children and young adults whose parents are currently serving. Deadline June 30, 2017
To submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at email@example.com.
***SHOUT! Sharing our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services
Seeking first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT Veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells parts of your story that which will help others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT military family experience. Stories should reflect military experiences and/or family life.
Deadline June 30, 2017. Send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org .