SUZY PEARCE

Suzy Pearce is a writer, actress, and teacher. She received her BFA in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts in 2000. By day, Pearce teaches high school; by night she writes short stories, screenplays, stage plays, and web series. When she is not working on projects, she enjoys distance running, competitive archery, horseback riding, protesting the government, and Scrabble. She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter, and three dogs. Other works by Suzy Pearce include the horror screenplay, Rose, and the short story collection, This is Not the End.


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JORGE AGUAYO

Jorge Aguayo is a combat-decorated Marine who served with the Third Marine Division as an infantryman. He participated in Desert Storm, Desert Shield from 1990-1991 assisting with the liberation of Kuwait.

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JEFF McCARLEY

Jeff McCarley is a writer and filmmaker who was an active duty Marine from 1998-2003, where he was stationed in Yuma, Arizona. Besides writing and directing his own film and video projects, McCarley also works with his wife, Suzy Pearce, on original film and video projects where he is in charge of cinematography, editing, foley, and music.

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GREG BUFFINGTON

Greg Buffington is a military veteran who lives in Southern California. He served in Afghanistan from January 2007 to January 2008. On October 4, 2007, his convoy struck an Improvised Explosive Device 16 miles south of Forward Operating Base Ghazni.

Pardon My Silence is Greg Buffington's first book of poetry.

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CHARLES E. FRYE

Charles E. Frye is a geographer, cartographer, information scientist, and U.S. Army veteran. His interests include genealogy, history of the American Revolutionary War, and major league baseball. As he learned of Isaac Frye's story, he applied his skills to design an approach to use geographic information systems to organize and document historical research projects. Applying this approach to Isaac Frye's story yielded a wealth of information that could be organized many ways. This supplied the skeleton for the The War has Begun, the first of four books in the Duty in the Call of Liberty series. Today he lives and works in southern California.

Please read the following article about THE WAR HAS BEGUN:

"This Redlands man's relative fought in the Revolutionary War. Now he's telling his story." -- Redlands Daily Facts (May 27, 2017)

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WILL TORRES

Will Torres is a combat-decorated Marine who served with Third Battalion Third Marines as a radio operator.  He participated in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2004 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005 to 2006.

 

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DERRICK DARDEN, PHD

Derrick Darden, PhD,
is a Gulf War Veteran and Senior Army Warrant Officer who works in the fields of logistics and Federal Acquisition in the federal government. He is also an entrepreneur.


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RUBEN LEE SIMS

Ruben Lee Sims proudly and honorably served in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1984, reaching the rank of Master Sergeant six years ahead of his peers. Among the many accommodations Ruben was awarded throughout his service is the Vietnam Service Medal, which he earned after providing maintenance support at Korat Royal Thai AFB in 1973. In 1982 Ruben contracted Lyme disease, but suffered from the effects of the debilitating disease for thirty-four years before receiving a diagnosis and treatment by a healthcare provider outside of the VA. The failure of the military and VA healthcare systems to diagnose Ruben with Lyme disease ended his military career early, tarnished his service record, and led to more than three decades of preventable suffering. Ruben has taken upon himself the mission of helping all veterans who suffer as he has so that they may receive the greatly needed treatment that they have earned.

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AMANDA FRYE

Amanda Frye comes to the Written by Veterans group as an extended family member via her husband, U.S. Army veteran, Charlie Frye.   Her interviews with writers, musicians and filmmakers  have been featured in the online CultScoop Magazine.  Amanda's work has also appeared in the San Bernardino County Sentinel. Currently, Amanda is co-editing the college textbook Introductory Foods.  Amanda has four children and resides in Redlands, California.

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R.E. BORGES

Borges was born in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico and, at age three, he and his family immigrated to the United States. He was raised in California and joined the US Navy when he was seventeen-years-old.  Borges served for six years and subsequently worked in government for twenty-five years. He holds an undergraduate degree in Communications with an emphasis on Media Studies.
Borges has traveled the world while in the military, on the job, and on his own. During his travels he has learned that for all our differences, we are very much the same and react to events in a similar fashion. One of these events being the act of betrayal moved Borges to start writing and come up with stories most anyone can identify with. His imagination allows him to write outside of his comfort zone, and, although he does not stick to a genre, he does lean toward the dark side of the human experience.

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JOHN R. COLE

John was born in the great state of Kentucky. After graduation from high school in the state of Ohio, he enlisted (against his Mother's desires) in the United States Marine Corps in 1968. He attended Marine Corps boot camp at Paris Island, South Carolina, with advanced weapons training at Camp Geiger in North Carolina. Having enlisted because of his strong desire to serve his country in combat, as the men in his family had done for generations past, John was assigned to a rifle company in Viet Nam and served with later-to-be Senator James Webb of Virginia, lawyer extraordinaire George McMahon of Boston, Judge William Downs of Wyoming, Dale Wilson of North Carolina, and Francis Karst of South Dakota, among so many others.

Always interested in writing, John has dedicated his work to the plight of the American combat veteran—America's "true" Heroes. Through personal experiences, and the experiences of those with whom he served, he tries to highlight, if you will, the feelings and hardships suffered by veterans while in combat, and the many more hardships encountered after they return home. He often says that each of the thoughts he puts on paper comes with its own teardrops, descendants to those same teardrops shed by America's earliest patriots, and that it has been such teardrops that have helped to keep patriotism alive and well down through the tumultuous pages of American History.

John adheres to the long-standing theory that "All Marines are Brothers" and "Once a Marine, Always a Marine." Nowadays he only wears a different uniform.

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BORY THACH

Bory Thach was born in a refugee camp located on the border between Thailand and Cambodia.  His family immigrated to the United States when he was four years old.  He served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He is now an MFA graduate from California State University San Bernardino.

 

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MATTHEW T. MILLER

Matthew T. Miller was born and raised in La Quinta, California. He joined the Army when he was seventeen-years-old and served six years with the 82nd  Airborne Division. He accomplished two tours in Iraq and is currently attending school at California State University, San Bernardino. He is working toward becoming a Physical Therapist and also wishes to be involved in the education field. In this respect, he works towards becoming a certified substitute math teacher for elementary school students, so he can share his love of math with others. His future goals are to become an accomplished artist and cartoonist, as well as an author of children's books and thrilling ghost tales for adults. 

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ZOE PHIKO

Zoe Phiko began writing fiction at the age of 14 when she created a highly popular web serial that she later turned into two short novels, Violet Winter and Abigail Winter.  Following their publication, Zoe released two volumes of poetry, Feminine and Innermost.  Now 17, Zoe has published her third novel, the futuristic, dystopian, coming-of-age epic The Center.  Zoe also contributed to the 2017 Written By Veterans Anthology.

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SEAN R. FORSTER

Sean R. Forster is a decorated combat veteran who served with 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines as a Motor Transport Mechanic.
He participated in Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and again in 2007-2008.  

After returning from his first tour to Iraq in 2005, Sean R. Forster was awarded a Certificate of Commendation for his outstanding achievement during his deployment.

Sean R. Forster now works in the Texas oil industry.

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CORIE McCARLEY

Corie McCarley has just started seriously writing. She is a sophomore in high school and is currently working on a book of horror stories that she plans to have published in the near future. Her plan is to go college and major in both Oceanography and foreign languages. Veterans in her family include her father, both grandfathers, and both great-grand fathers. She currently resides in Redlands, CA, with her mom, dad, and three beloved dogs.

 

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LAWRENCE BEALL

Lawrence Beall became a master of origami at the age of 19. Soon after, he became dissatisfied with the mathematical and computational obsession of the field of origami which he felt, "leaves little room for artistry, creativity, and innovation in origami." As a result, he started his own art form which he called Neo Origami, to free the infinite beauty of folds from the confines of rigid structure and paradigm—a dynamic, elegant, and organic art that continues to evolve. His book, Neo Origami: An Ancient Art Reborn (2016), showcases this new art form in brilliant color photography, as well as Beall's personal reflections on his journey as an origami master and creator of a new art form.

 

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LYNDLE GARRETT

Lyndle is an Oklahoma native, the third of five sons of a Korean War military veteran.  His family soon moved to an Arkansas farm where he grew through his teen years.  Lyndle's life-long interest in art has afforded him opportunities to lend talent to such projects as magazines and commercial safety posters.  He has also done private requests for murals and portraits.  Now living in southern California, his talent can be seen on the covers of novels such as John R. Cole's "A Teller's Tales" series.

 

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TED PETERSON

Ted Peterson is a Navy Veteran and Blue Star Parent. 

He says he "fell into" writing, finding it therapeutic, a way to express. He writes with the hopes of impacting others in a positive way. One song that he co-wrote brought him all the way to the White House, where it was played.  

 

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ALFONSO MEDRANO

In 1963, after graduating from high school at the age of seventeen, Alfonso Medrano joined the Air Force.  Following basic training, he served at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas and later in Spokane, Washington.  There, he was trained for and embarked on his career as air police.  During his time at Fairchild Air Force Base, he was deeply influenced by the assassination of President Kennedy.  He realized that he could no longer be an innocent bystander in the world.  This watershed event was his introduction to the new world order that later would be called the "Cold War." 

 

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NAOMI HUNT

Born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the desert region, Naomi Hunt is 28-years-old but has been a freelance writer since the age of 13. Her work touches on various aspects of life, including but not limited to recovery. Naomi's goal is not only to bring forth awareness about breaking the stigma of mental health, but also to be the spark that ignites the fires of inspiration within others to achieve whatever they set forth to do despite such challenges.

 

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ROBB BRAUN

Robb brings years of experience as a personal development professional. He's an experienced and tenacious speaker, coach, author and leader who has led and developed over 60,000 participants in personal and professional growth trainings, seminars and programs throughout the US and overseas. Robb's life has been remarkable – filled with failures and success, loss and recovery, and incredible opportunities for growth and awareness. He's failed at business, lost a spouse to illness and his son to gang violence. All gifts, he will tell you, as he continues to embrace fatherhood, create space to experience true love and enjoy sustainable success in his business endeavors. In all this, he communicates a powerful message that elevates the human spirit and instills hope in others that they may finally live lives of passionate purpose. Robb has learned from some of the best, become one of the best and has turned much of his energy to supporting, teaching and mentoring others in life. He speaks regularly at conferences, organizations and associations on what it takes to succeed in business and in life. Robb will say to you, "I do only what I feel inspired to do…and nothing more" - his past and present and extraordinary life are his reasons why. Robb understands how to help others experience 'unreasonable' success in all their life endeavors.

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A.K. KOSSAK

Born and raised in Germany, Kossak served in the West German army and left for Hollywood to study film. He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and, over the next 25-plus years, produced and co-wrote an award-winning indie movie, co-produced numerous non-broadcast programs, and worked as a cinematographer on about 400 productions.   He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and taught screenwriting at CSUSB. In 2014 he helped launch the Written by Veterans creative writing program at the CSUSB Veterans Success Center. 

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