Veteran Stories

Veteran Stories, Fiction, and Poetry, from the People Who Were There

Pictures of humanity are captured in amazing detail in these veteran stories. These collections will inspire, educate, and astound those who become caught up within these moving pieces of literature. Fiction, poetry, interviews, and essays are beautifully accompanied by breathtaking photography. All the contributions to these collections are either active military-service, veterans, or their families.

Relive the Many Aspects of War with These Veteran Stories

Veteran Stories From the Source

Proud to Be: Writings by American Warriors Vol. 1

This anthology features Dan Bradford’s short story “Moment Two.”  This was one of his first military stories in print. It is the gripping story of how one moment came to define an entire war for one young man. CLICK HERE to read more.



Proud to Be: Writings by American Warriors Vol. 2

Dan Bradford’s short story “Moments: The Beginning―The End,” featured in this collection, discloses the moment in the war that profoundly affected a young man’s life forever. CLICK HERE to read more.



Proud to Be: Writings by American Warriors Vol. 3

Dan Bradford’s short story “Moments: Forgotten,” featured in this anthology relays the disturbing effect of recurring war memories as only a veteran can depict them. CLICK HERE to read more.



Unbelievable Veteran Stories, Fiction, Poetry, and Acts of Heroism

These anthologies are published yearly by the Southeast Missouri State University Press working in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council’s Veterans Projects and the Warriors Arts Alliance. Each anthology features the winning submissions in a competition for fiction, poetry, and photography. The panel of judges changes from year to year. Some of the judges have included Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down), John McManus (September Hope: The American Side of a Bridge Too Far), and Daniel Simon (editor-in-chief of World Literature Today).

About Dan Bradford

Dan feels honored to have been included in three anthologies of creative expressions by veterans. He is humbled to have his work appear along with World War II stories, Vietnam stories, and other military experiences. These writings by American warriors were compiled in order to share these amazing works with readers who otherwise might not have known of these veterans’ compelling experiences. His other writings can be found in historical fiction, young adult historical fiction, and children’s books. He has two good books for kids featuring Akabish the spider. Bo Henry at Three Forks makes him one of the latest additions to the western novel authors’ list. This fast-moving odyssey is exciting reading for adult western fans and easily fits into the young adults’ fiction genre as well. This western takes the reader through a tough country as well as encounters with desperados to learn, as Bo does, what it means to be a man. 

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