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  • Because a nation deserves to hear its veterans’ stories.

    Fitzgerald and Bierce, Vonnegut and Hemingway, O'Brien and Salinger. Some of the finest writers in American history served in the U.S. military during times of war. Line of Advance is a non-profit literary journal committed to providing a platform for the voices of the next wave of great American writers. Join us and take part in the American literary experience.

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    We are currently accepting submissions of writing, photography, and art to showcase on LOA. We’re committed to promoting, networking, and helping to develop veteran writers and artists of all kinds. If you have work to submit, work to be seen, or even just a question, please reach out to us. You’re the reason we’re here.

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    Line of Advance was created for you, to provide a curated platform for the best in writing and other visual arts from American military veterans. Please check out recent posts, browse the site to learn more, or make a small financial contribution if you’re able.

February 10, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

The Stay

Where I grew up, I knew a lot of farmers.  The oldest and most experienced of them seemed to have an amazing ability when it came to the weather.  Their understanding of nature was so great it seemed as if they could almost speak weather into or out of existence, as if they could bargain… Read More

February 9, 2016

Veteran Spotlight

Cam Dupre

Cam Dupre is a Marine Infantryman who hails from Baton Rouge, LA.  Cam joined the USMC in 2007 when he was 18 years old.  During his 4 years he was assigned to 2/2 out of Camp Lejeune, NC and deployed to Iraq’s Al Anbar Province and Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.  After an honorable discharge Cam made… Read More

February 4, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

Left-hearted

  It was not until his 70th birthday that Jackson learned his IVC (inferior vena cava) was on his left side, not the right as it is for more than 99.5% of all people. “Oh, my gosh,” he exclaimed dramatically, bursting into the family room where his wife was reading her book club’s latest selection…. Read More

February 3, 2016

Veterans and the Arts

American Soap

“So tell me a little bit about the soap industry.” Frank looks at me. “Scum Off?” he asks. “Tell me about Scum Off.” “All right, I’ll tell you about my experience with Scum Off.” Frank nurses a cold one and settles back deeper, more comfortably into the couch. Scum Off, as the label reads, is… Read More

February 2, 2016

Veteran Spotlight

Jacob Faivre

Jake is the creator of, A Marine’s Life In Lyrics, a blog focused on healing and music.  Jake grew up on a farm in Northern Illinois and enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 2005.  He deployed twice to Iraq with 1st Battalion 3d Marines serving first as a team leader and then as a… Read More

January 26, 2016

Veteran Spotlight

Col. Darron L. Wright Bio

Darron Lee Wright (22 May 1968 – 23 September 2013) was a highly decorated colonel in the United States Army. He served three tours in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Wright was born in Dallas but grew up in Mesquite, Texas, where he graduated from West Mesquite High School and joined the National Guard. He… Read More

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