How many heroes are among us carrying the weight of war in their hearts in isolation?

Conflict closes the heart and shuts the doorway through which love flows to and through each of us into the world.

What are the silent costs of conflict?

In the Resources Page on this website, you will find people and places that offer help with healing and releasing the residue of conflict. If you know of a resource that has  helped a veteran through trauma, please share at charlene@letterstolida.com. Thank you.

 

 

3 thoughts on “Welcome to the Letters to Lida Launch

  • March 22, 2015 at 3:24 am
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    I am grateful to see such a personalized story about the weights of war.

    When I was a teenager, I dated a young man whose father had been part of the Bataan Death March. He had been home from the war for decades before I ever met him. I knew him for many years, and he never mentioned anything about what he went through until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It was only then that he talked about the war.

    I can’t imagine what he never told us all those years.

    Thank you for reminding us that war is personal.

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  • April 3, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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    Thanks so much, both for Letters to Lida and for your dedication to your dad and his service. He is among the luckiest to have someone devoted to seeing that his time and his thoughts from those years are preserved. So much of the real side of war is lost, and that which is saved too often becomes only the heroics and the drama. Letters to Lida preserves it all from heroic to the humdrum. Thanks to you and your dad for sharing so much. I promise to keep on reading each and every word.

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  • September 1, 2015 at 8:32 pm
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    There are too few books that achieve what this author has done. She has lovingly documented the experience of her father, an ordinary soldier in WWII through his letters home to his beloved mother. This is akin to the letters collected by Ken Burns and others which document the Civil War. The profound and life-altering experience of war is something we should all know. It is at once personal and universal. SD 8/1/2015

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