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Veteran: Writing About War Isn’t the Best Therapy – But it Helps

Houston native Brian Van Reet is a veteran of the Iraq War. While he’s written a fictionalized account of three soldiers’ experiences in Iraq called Spoils, he says writing about war isn’t necessarily the best therapy, in his opinion. He says it’s too public, and the process is too tedious. However, many veterans like him do see value […]

Brian Van Reet Spoils Iraq Veteran
(Above: Author and Iraq War veteran Brian Van Reet. Photo: Michael Hagerty, HPM)

Houston native Brian Van Reet is a veteran of the Iraq War. While he’s written a fictionalized account of three soldiers’ experiences in Iraq called Spoils, he says writing about war isn’t necessarily the best therapy, in his opinion. He says it’s too public, and the process is too tedious.

However, many veterans like him do see value in the experience and having their stories told.

That’s why he’s moderating a panel discussion about war fiction — and in particular an anthology of stories called The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War — at Brazos Bookstore tonight (June 22, 2017) at 7.

We talk with Van Reet about his novel and how the anthology reflects the various perspectives military veterans have about the war.

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