The Mighty Pen Project has been and continues to be a great opportunity for the veterans of the state of Virginia. Not only does it offer veterans a chance to tell their stories, but it bridges the gap between the many generations of veterans. Whether you were in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or my beloved Marine Corps it matters not, because just like when we each served in many platoons, when you drop a few silent professionals in one room, you will see family and friendship evolve.
— Chip L.

The Mighty Pen is an initiative begun in Richmond, Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia War Memorial. Through intensive writing classes and workshops, veterans and their supporters write their stories in an encouraging, rigorous environment under the guidance of university writing professors. Our veterans write what they choose; the topics range from home-life and family to their experiences in battle around the world.

This journal consists of some of the best pieces of their works from a year of classes. You’ll encounter stories here that exemplify the courage and sacrifice we associate with our American servicemen and women, as well as the wit and artfulness of our MPP writers – their humor, humility, and extraordinary memories.

There is no rule on how to write. Sometimes it comes easily and perfectly; sometimes it’s like drilling rock and then blasting it out with charges.
— Ernest Hemingway