Military veterans, and family members of veterans, in Nebraska, get together every Saturday to put pen to paper. “Writing just takes you to a whole different level,” Cindy Cronn, who co-facilitates sessions in Omaha, said. It's a level reached by dozens who take part in the Nebraska Warrior Writers Project. “It has been designed for veterans, families of veterans, spouses of veterans; to help everyone tell their own story,” Andy Gueck said. It all started in 2014. Humanities Nebraska partnered with the VA and the Nebraska Writing Project to open the first workshop in Lincoln. Seven veterans attended that first session and three of them are still active members today. “We just take a breath and say, ‘Ah. I'm here with my people.' So, it's awesome,” Sharon Robino-West, who is one of the original members, said. The group's sessions alternate between Omaha and Lincoln every Saturday. Some even join via Zoom. “As a veteran, a 24-year-veteran, I wanted to be able to learn how to better express myself and write some of the stories that I encountered,” another original member, Mary Baker, said. “I'm thinking about individual veterans right now and the reasons they showed up to this room to participate and some of the individual […] “We all have stories. We all have something to say, and those stories need to be shared.” Those stories are shared between veterans every Saturday, and to the world through a book published together. OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV)
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