Yesterday the International Humanitarian Law Team had the pleasure of hosting a brown bag luncheon with Ron Capps, Founder and Director of the Veterans Writing Project, author of the acclaimed memoir Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars In 10 Years, and blogger for Time Magazine’s “Battleland.”
Ron read excerpts from an essay in his memoir, “Yellow”, and shared his experiences applying the Geneva Conventions and IHL in his roles as both an Army officer and a diplomat in Kosovo, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Darfur. He discussed some of the challenges soldiers and observers face in armed conflict, including his own struggle with PTSD and his suicide attempt. Ron found writing about his experiences to be a beneficial way to confront many of the effects of PTSD and encourages other veterans to do so as well through the Veterans Writing Project.
Ron is a strong advocate for veterans’ healthcare and acceptance for those suffering with PTSD. Based on his work with the Veterans Writing Project, Ron received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to develop a curriculum and lead writing seminars at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), the Department of Defense’s premier research and treatment facility for PTSD and traumatic brain injury (TBI) located on the campus of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The IHL Legal Team would like to note that the Second Clara Barton Competition is coming up March 14 – 17 , and most of our attention is currently focused on preparations for the event. Legal posts will be less frequent until after the competition. The Weekly Update will still be available every Monday though so you can keep up with the news in International Humanitarian Law!