The Red Badge Project
The Red Badge Project was created in 2012 to help military veterans heal and thrive. Using the creative process of storytelling, Wounded Warriors work with writers, editors, and teacher to rebuild their individual sense of purpose and unique individuality. For more information, see www.theredbadgeproject.com.
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Try the Home Grown

By Maggie S.   When everything got really bad, Mom thought it would help.  I was, of course, hesitant since I didn’t really have a…

Bringing Back the Feelings

By Aaron Patrick   I can’t sleep unless I drink myself unconscious. It seems I can’t do much of anything without a drink. They say alcohol…

Introduction to War

By Skip Nichols   Six black body bags lay in a row, splattered with the red mud that stained everything on top of the small…

A Time to Be Still

By Sam Arrington   “This doesn’t kill kids. It kills adults, but not kids.” Early on a doctor had told him that. Now he just…

The Secret Cigarette Lighter

By L.J.     In the late 90’s I bought a ragged old 1987 Toyota pickup truck to drive around base and get me in to…

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Try the Home Grown

By Maggie S.   When everything got really bad, Mom thought it would help.  I was, of course, hesitant since I didn’t really have a…

Bringing Back the Feelings

By Aaron Patrick   I can’t sleep unless I drink myself unconscious. It seems I can’t do much of anything without a drink. They say alcohol…

Introduction to War

By Skip Nichols   Six black body bags lay in a row, splattered with the red mud that stained everything on top of the small…

Redneck Buffet

By Reg Doty   After two tours partaking in the great “Asian vacation” I was looking forward to starting my life over as an expatriate in…

The Secret Cigarette Lighter

By L.J.     In the late 90’s I bought a ragged old 1987 Toyota pickup truck to drive around base and get me in to…

Just Follow Orders

By J. Brad Wilke   As a non-combat veteran of the U.S. Army, I’ve never had the need to use cannabis to alleviate or minimize…

A Time to Be Still

By Sam Arrington   “This doesn’t kill kids. It kills adults, but not kids.” Early on a doctor had told him that. Now he just…