Feature Articles

Articles for Dispatches.

How the VA Treats Our Veterans

A Visit to a Veterans Medical Center—Contrary to What You Might Be Thinking

Let me introduce you to the most important man in my life: 87-year old Sgt. William J. Ekwall, World War II Veteran, U. S. Army Air Corps, turret gunner on a B 24 nicknamed “The Monster, 33 bombing missions over Germany; and my father-in-law.

Recommended Reading List Winter 2013

MWSA Recommended Reading List

Winter 2013 


The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) is an organization of over one thousand writers, poets, and artists drawn together by a common bond of military service.  One purpose of our Society is to review the written works of our members.  From our recent book reviews, we’ve selected the following as our 2013 Winter Recommended Reading List: 

Tales of Tomasewski by Del Staecker 

On Watch

On Watch

 I had the twenty hundred to midnight watch on deck,

It was Christmas Eve and it was cold as heck.

As I stood there gazing out over the ocean,

My heart was filled with deep emotion.

Writing tips

In the November 4 issue of the New York Times is this article by a former political speechwriter that I'm passing on to everyone. Though the subject is his experience as a speechwriter, there are many aspects of his writing life that have broad application to the field. The link is: 



Kindle Online Lending Library (KOLL) - Use it or Abuse it?

The Last Jump - A Novel of Woprld War II

A debate has been raging in Cyberspace ever since Amazon announced the Kindle Online Lending Library (KOLL). What's the issue? According to some, Amazon is throwing its weight around, trying to crush the competition with this new offering. If an author allows their eBook to be "borrowed" by signing up for KOLL (for a minimum 90 day stint), the author must grant Amazon exclusive rights to distribute their eBook. In exchange, Amazon will pay the author a certain sum of money for each time someone (Amazon Prime Members only) "borrows" his or her eBook.