• Zack Wittman/MLive.com, via Landov

    TRIBUTE

    Veteran Runs 58,282 Miles

    After 31 years of running.

    Well, that's one way to honor veterans. Mike Bowen will finally complete his 58,282nd mile this Friday. Just in time for National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the 65-year-old veteran will accomplish his goal of running one mile for every American soldier who did not return from Vietnam. “It’s gonna feel good to finish. It's been a life-long mission,” said Bowen, who has run over 50 marathons and 26 road races in addition to regular laps around his neighborhood park since he was first inspired by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in 1982. “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another. That’s what we do—we make sure that the guys coming home—whether they're alive or dead or wounded—will be treated with dignity and respect.”

    Read it at ABC News
  • (L) Roy Scranton

    'Fire and Forget'

    Veterans Collect Stories of War

    After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, five soldiers met up in New York and began collecting the stories in 'Fire and Forget,' recounts Roy Scranton.

    Fire and Forget is the first anthology of short fiction about our post-9/11 wars, and what comes next for those who served in them. It was edited and written by service members who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, along with one story by a military spouse. In an excerpt from the collection’s preface, editor Roy Scranton details how the core group that assembled the anthology met in New York.

    One thing a vet will always tell you is that it’s never like it is in the stories. Then they’ll tell you theirs.

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