Book Project Inspires War Veteran to Write Army Major Robert Schaefer's poem "Clusters" is featured in the book >Operation Homecoming, a collection of recent writings by U.S. troops. The NEA project inspired Schaefer to relay his war experiences through writing.

Book Project Inspires War Veteran to Write

Book Project Inspires War Veteran to Write

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Maj. Robert Schaefer attends a book-signing for Operation Homecoming. Scroll down to read Schaefer's poem "Clusters." Courtesy Robert Schaefer hide caption

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Maj. Robert Schaefer attends a book-signing for Operation Homecoming with his fiancee, Olya Gugel.

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Maj. Schaefer on How the Project Comes Full Circle

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Why Maj. Schaefer Chooses to Write Poetry

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About the Project

'Operation Homecoming' Editor Andrew Carroll and Dana Gioia, Chairman of the NEA, on the Book and Its Contributors

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Army Maj. Robert Schaefer's poem "Clusters" is featured in the book Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families.

The book is the culmination of a multi-year NEA effort to encourage members of U.S. armed forces to put their experiences — about Afghans, Iraqis, battles, boredom and being back home — into words.

Authors such as Tom Clancy and Mark Bowden conducted workshops on bases. Thousands of service men and women submitted their written work, and the best was compiled into the book.

Since writing the poem, Schaefer finished his tour in Iraq and completed a Master's Degree at Harvard Graduate School for Arts and Sciences.

He now works as a Foreign Area Officer specializing in Russian and Eastern European affairs at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency near Washington, D.C.

Schaefer is currently working on a book, and he's also the Senior Editor for the Telicom, a semi-monthly publication for the International Society for Philosophical Enquiry.

This series is produced by Barrett Golding of HearingVoices.com.

Operation Homecoming
Iraq, Afghanistan, And the Home Front, in the Words of U.S. Troops And Their Families
By Andrew Carroll, Dana Gioia

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