Letters from War – War Stories – Human Waste – Military Life – Military Afterlife – Cycle 3



Due to the amazing response we have received from current military and veterans, we at Ash & Bones have decided to make this an ongoing page within our website. We will continually accept new submissions and update regularly. We are proud to offer a home to the valuable works that help us all understand the trials faced in the lives of a soldiers and their families.


Letter From An Editor:

On this Memorial Day, where we in the U.S. take a day to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom, we are proud to present our latest and final works for our Letters From War series.  We received a record number of submissions from all over the world for this edition, and would like to thank all of the authors who submitted their work.  We believe today we give to you a brilliant selection of pieces that highlight the struggle, the pain, but also the pride, heart, and dedication that is a part of every military life.  We hope that today you read, think, and remember those who have died to protect. We also sincerely hope that you explore the website and all the offerings available – if something moves, inspires, or even upsets you, please, feel free to leave a comment.


Katie Kuss-Shivler

Co-Editor, Ash & Bones

Picture by John Rodriguez

Picture by John Rodriguez

Waiting by John Rodriguez

Can I Borrow Your Arm? by Bill Dougherty

Maybe I Should’ve Lied by Eric Chandler





usa-598261_1280 (1)The Inspiring Purpose of the Art of War by Alexander Amoroso

Duty of Care by David Olsen

Memorial Day by James  Stack




dad-383207__180 The Army Gave Us Pills by Peter Mehren

1914 The Death of Pan by Philip Lee

Diary of an Air Force Pilot by Reilly Philliben

Commit to the Deep by Travis Klempan