Our Museum is seeking stories for its next anthology


The Museum Press & Projects


ummcgsuffa-cover“Eins…Zwei…G’Suffa: Munich Campus Memories”

Almost 70 years later, alumni still talk about how special their years at the University of Maryland, Munich were…Back by popular demand, this third volume of Munich Campus Memories spans almost 5 decades of beer, books and brother (and sister) hood…Eins, Zwei, G’Suffa will leave you yearning for your youth and giving thanks that you survived it!

Grab this book, a cold drink and a Brezel and reminisce about Munich Campus. Servus!

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screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-1-18-44-pm“From the Front Line to the Home Front: New Mexicans Reflect on War.”

Unlike World War II, when the war effort was shared by all, the role of the entire family in a military deployment has been overlooked. Yet moms and dads serve as well, as do husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, along with other loved ones. Military service is a family affair as the stories and poems in this volume testify. Written by New Mexican veterans as well as family members and others with close connections to someone in uniform, each reflection contributes to a rich understanding of what it means to contribute to military life by those out of uniform as well as those who wear one.

NOT FOR RETAIL SALE- MAMF uses this book as a text for reading/discussion groups



HOMEFRONT HEARTH: Recipes from Military Families around the World

This cookbook will be published in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, Host Nation Hospitality. Seeking recipes (and stories to go with them) between January 1 2017 and April 15, 2017. Recipes/Stories should be sent to: militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net

SHOUT! Sharing our Truth: An Anthology of Writings by LGBT Veterans and Family Members of the U.S. Military Services

Seeking first-hand experiences—good, bad, and in between—as an LGBT Veteran or family member, during and/or after military service. Our goal is to create a book that tells parts of your story that which will help others who live, or want to understand, the LGBT military family experience. Stories should reflect military experiences and/or family life.

Submission Period & Notifications from Editor

February 1 to June 30, 2017. You will be notified by reply email when your submission is received and/if selected.

NOT FOR RETAIL SALE- MAMF will use this book as a text for reading/discussion groups

Send submissions to: mamfshout@gmail.com .

WAR CHILD: Lessons Learned From Growing Up In War

The anthology will include first-hand stories from all perspectives—service members who were teenagers while deployed into combat, Adults who, as children, grew up in a war zone, or children who experienced a parent or sibling serving in war. Submissions can be about the recent campaigns, Vietnam, the Korean War era or World War II—and conflicts in between. All pieces must be from the child’s perspective and, if applicable, include a reflection or lesson learned from the experience. We especially would like to include stories from children and young adults whose parents are currently serving.

How you can contribute:

Your story can be as long or as short as you choose. Just make it heartfelt, honest and interesting. We are looking for stories of trial and triumph and loss, stories that that illustrate the variety of events that impact daily life in war times–in other words– anything you want to tell of. You don’t have to consider yourself an accomplished writer to participate. We will provide editorial services to sharpen your contribution.

To submit a story, please e-mail Writer-in-Residence Paul Zolbrod at mamfwriter@gmail.com.

Proceeds from this book will support MAMF’s children’s programming/projects.


By Chaplain Richard A. Hansen, M.Sc., M.Div., BCC

For many of us, we now find ourselves hoisting our sails and preparing to navigate New Year 2017 after coming out of 2016 with renewed thoughts and feelings of hope, joy, peace, love, reflection, and expectation experienced and received through the holiday season, whether from Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or some other celebration with family, friends, or in a private setting.  Fulfilled expectations of 2016 with companion 2017 course settings energize us to welcome and address the events we will encounter during this new set of months that may contain detours, dry wells, dead ends, and dark valleys along with achievements, crossroads, promising horizons, and breakthroughs of enlightenment.

However, for many of our Veterans, now trying to adjust back to civilian life with spouses and partners, they find themselves on the uncertain path of transition from the military battlefield to social trench warfare of confusion, communication breakdown, anger, resentment, regret, guilt, and reversed culture shock. Frequent deployments and PTSD can wear on relationships, destabilizing them, stifling healthy growth, and hampering reconciliation and forgiveness. In the midst of this uncertainty, Veterans may be at a loss as to where to go for good support that is easily accessible and affordable.

Your VA Medical Center recognizes this, and has assembled and mobilized an interdisciplinary team of caring employees who are current certified Warrior to Soul Mate (W2SM) instructors, a of PAIRS Essentials program, which is a proven and world-wide approach to help people reconnect with their loved ones. Your VA W2SM workshop team comprises gifted people from different disciplines in the healthcare fields: social work, medicine, education, nursing, health administration, polytrauma, psychology, readjustment counseling, caregiver support, pharmacy, chaplaincy and performance improvement.

The W2SM Weekend Workshop, held at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, offers Veterans, and their spouses or partners, a toolbox of communication essentials with proven potential to result in improved speaking and listening skills, conflict resolution, and identification of issues that impair, sabotage, or prevent relationships from healthy growth in the emotional, physical, and spiritual facets of life. The” Goodwill Umbrella” of caring, communication, commitment, and change are emphasized along with empathy, compassion, and bonding. A sense of community is established during the workshop as couples have opportunities to coach and be coached by fellow couples during communication exercises, such as Talking Tips, Daily Temperature Reading, Emptying the Emotional Jug and Fair Fight for Change. Instructors are present and engaged with participants. Couples receive support from other couples who may have similar experiences, and therefore convey a strong understanding.

Participant feedback on the 2016 workshops has been very positive: “Improved overall listening skills;” “We learned better ways to approach addressing hurt or change in our relationships;” “Our relationship was on the verge of falling apart and now I have a lot of hope;” “I thought this was great because you now know you are not alone;” “We now have a new way to communicate;” “…the instructors broke the topics down to my level of learning- that was decreased with a brain injury.” As W2SM facilitators, we desire for these words of appreciation, healing and hope to replicate themselves in the lives of our 2017 participants.

This workshop is offered to all Veterans and active duty military personnel free of charge. To enroll in the workshop, one must be in a relationship for at least six months with no domestic violence during that time period, and be eligible for VA care. Four weekend workshops are scheduled for 2017: January 28-29; April 29-30; July 22-23; October 21-22. The workshops will be held in Building 41 (main building), on the 5th floor in Medical Conference Room 5C 100, starting at 8:30 AM and finishing at 4:00 PM each day.

To register for a workshop or for more information, please call Albuquerque VAMC Chaplain Services at 505-256-2735. Brochures are available at Chaplain Services (Bldg. 41, Rm. 2A-104 by the chapel) and in many waiting areas. In order to provide effective instruction and individual attention, classes will be limited to seven couples or less.



Military Spouse Group Meetings


Transformational Papermaking Workshops for Veterans in Albuquerque

The Museum of the American Military Family, Off Center Arts and the College of Santa Fe present a transformational papermaking workshop “From Flags to Fatigues” made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and New Mexico Arts Commission. This program is inspired by the nationally-recognized Combat Paper Project.

Combat Veterans share a commonality of experience in the military world. After re-entering civilian and family life, and through working in small groups of fellow Veterans, creativity and transformation can be a catharsis for participants, both on an individual and group level. By deconstructing their old uniforms and transforming them into paper, Veterans participate in a healing mix of process and outcome. By making unique prayer flags out of their used fatigues, Veterans can create beauty, while working through painful experiences and memories.

No artistic background is necessary– all that is needed is an openness to share in this unique opportunity. Workshops consist of three Sunday sessions, and it is important for participants to attend all three sessions, which will be held at Off Center Arts (808 Park Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102)

There will be two workshops: one for male Veterans and one for female Veterans, and there will be a joint exhibit of their work during April at Off Center Arts. Male workshop dates are: January 29, February 5, and 12 from 10:00-4:30 and female workshop dates are: March 19, 26 and April 2 from 10:00-4:30.

Veterans are encouraged to bring cotton fatigues and t-shirts, which were worn during their military service. Lunch, papermaking equipment and all other materials will be provided. Participants should dress in clothing and shoes that can get wet, as papermaking is a messy and fun process.

Instructor Claire Lissance has a counseling background, and has been a hand papermaker since 1986. Her connection and dedication to the Veteran’s community began in 2002 when she began an arts program at the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. Registration will be through the instructor. Her phone number is 505-450-1357. Email:   cdlune@aol.com


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Overseas Brats Founder Joe Condrill to host dinner in Albuquerque, NM

We are pleased to announce that the next regional get-together of Brats who live in the Albuquerque area will happen:

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6:30 -9 p.m.

WHERE: Cervantes Restaurant, 5801 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM (telephone: 505-262-2253).

WHO: You and anyone else connected with our special heritage!

WHAT: Annual gathering of Brats like us!
This event is:
FUN! Meaningful! Designed to build up your Brat heritage! Will introduce you to REAL Brat friendships! Economical and accessible!
Over 40 Brats and Educators representing hundreds of bases/communities/overseas schools are interested.
Register at: http://www.overseasbrats.com . Click on Upcoming Events. Then click on Regional Get-Togethers and scroll down to where you see this event mentioned. Registration discount if you register before January 15.

Register for one or more, as you wish!

2017 Upcoming Regionals:
DFW Metro area (Grapevine, TX): Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11am to 4pm
Oklahoma City, Sunday, January 29, 2017, Noon to 4pm
Albuquerque: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6 – 9 pm.
Arizona (Phoenix): Saturday, February 18, 2017 11 am to 4 pm
Southern California (Long Beach): Sunday, February 19, 2017 Noon to 4 pm
Central Texas (San Antonio): Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11am to 4pm
Houston, Sunday, February 26, 2017, Noon to 4pm