Veteran’s Writing Workshop group during “In Our Boots” reception.
Local veterans memorialize war, military service
On Nov. 11, community members were able to check out a new book recounting the war through the eyes of area veterans. “In Our Boots” chronicles the experiences of a diverse group of veterans who served in Iraq, Korea, Vietnam and WWII and is available at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library’s Main and Sylvania branches. The book has been submitted as one of the many memorialized artifacts in the United States Army War College Library and Unites States Army Heritage & Educational Center.
“In Our Boots” grew out of a series of Veteran’s Writing Workshops hosting conjointly by Lourdes University Professor Holly Baumgartner, Ph.D. and Amy Hartman, Adult Services Librarian at the Sylvania Branch Library. “The enthusiasm from the first workshop was so significant that we ended up hosting a second workshop the following winter,” Ms. Hartman said.
Among the pieces included in the book is “Letter from Hamburger Hill” by Gary Cullum. The full piece can be read on Lourdes University’s Facebook page at the following link: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=271993739509345
Three times named a “Military Friendly School” by GI Jobs Magazine, Lourdes University offers a variety of academic and student support services for military and veteran students. As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, Lourdes offers yearly tuition and fees for qualifying veterans. In addition, Lourdes participates in the SERV (Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran) project and offers a Veteran’s center and scholarship programs for members of the Air Force, Ohio National Guard and ROTC.