Michelle McCloskey-Alicea 34 Sister
Philadelphia, PA United States
On June 8, 2008, my brother Kevin McCloskey, an US Army Specialist, was struck by an IED in Afghanistan. Kevin suffered multiple life-changing injuries. Most significantly, he lost both of his legs. Rehabilitated in San Antonio, TX, Kevin has made a tremendous recovery. However, Kevin and my family have been transformed by this tragedy. Devastated by this incident, I found it utterly impossible to describe the events. Poetry became my voice. In the ensuing months, I wrote countless poems about the journey: the pains, realizations, trials, etc. On Veteran's Day of 2009, my collection of poetry was pre-released. It is a compilation of poems that retell tragedy, speak to the human condition of survival, and honor our military service men and women. I have found your website to be helpful to wounded warriors and their families. I am hoping that my book can be cathartic for them as well. I have heard from many families that the poetry parallels their experiences. For more information, please see www.uprootedpoetry.com. A Portion of the proceeds are given to the Wounded Warrior Family Support Center in San Antonio who help many wounded warriors and their families. Their impact on my family was amazing. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear back from someone.
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Christy 6 months ago
I heard something once and as simple as it may be...it's pretty powerful. And only someone who has lived through a similar story can relate! "Caregiver's Need Caregiver's!" My story is about my mom who had brain cancer and the length's I'd go to so she would always (in her case till her passing)feel like her life had purpose (while dealing with the side affects). My point is...I'm so glad your brother has you to to look out for him. I don't know of the programs the military offer's the families...but I hope they help YOU so you can have the strength to care for your loved one!!!!