“From Barracks to Box: The New Front Line of the American Veteran”
Two Upstate Women to Publish Book Benefiting Homeless Veterans.
Two upstate women are seeking to create a greater awareness of the homeless epidemic facing veterans in a new book. The book “From Barracks to Box: The New Front Line of the American Veteran” is a compilation of stories from veterans who have served their country, only to return home jobless and homeless.
The book is one of the several new works to be released this fall by Captive Ink Media, an Upstate literary firm founded by Dana Lynn and AnnaMarie Cantrell.
“Veterans comprise 11 percent of the national homeless population,” says Cantrell. “And two-thirds of these veterans have served within the last three years. That is unacceptable.” The book, according to Cantrell, is designed to offer hope to veterans adjusting to civilian life and encourage a larger national dialogue on the plight of the homeless veteran.
Both Lynn and Cantrell have veterans in their background. Cantrell’s husband served three combat tours in the Middle East and is currently serving in the Army National Guard.
Lynn says they have received many “heart-wrenching but inspirational” stories and are still actively seeking more. “Veterans are our most valuable resource,” says Lynn. “Their voices need to be heard.”
A portion of the book’s proceeds will be donated to a charity benefiting veterans.
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