The Deadly Writers Patrol [DWP] began with the mission “to encourage greater understanding of the Vietnam era and the war’s effect on individuals and our nation,” and had a particular interest in writing by Vietnam veterans.
Our mission evolved as subsequent wars created new generations of veterans and renewed challenges of understanding, witnessing, and homecoming. The Deadly Writers Patrol continueD to seek writing by Vietnam vets, but we also were interested in engaging veterans and others affected by the wars in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Their inclusion reaffirmed the core beliefs of DWP: that writing can be a mirror reflecting the deepest corners of our spirits and psyches, express the reality of suffering, explore the possibility of healing, help us resolve problems and achieve a deeper understanding of our common humanity. It also can bring us face to face with the parts of life that always will remain a mystery.