"I want you to feel what I felt." That's what Tim O'Brien wrote about the Vietnam War. The veteran wrote a number of stories about his war experiences, but cautioned his readers: "A true war story is never moral. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted... then you have been made the victim of a very old and terrible lie."
What does it take for veterans to recount their time on the battlefield? Do they glorify war in their recounts, or criticize it? Is writing a healing process, or does it drudge up the old pain? Veteran authors talk about the writing process, and what it taught them about war long after they left the battlefield.