MEA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-run organization whose primary mission is to work with veterans and their families to publish creative prose, poetry, and artwork. Our volunteers are based all over, including college professors, professional authors, veterans’ advocates, and clinicians. As such, most of our services are done through email and in online writing workshops. All editing, consultations, and workshops are free of charge.

You have a couple of options when submitting a piece to us, either of which will allow you to be considered for publication in one of our volumes:  

If you are willing to revise your work, one of our staff will provide you with one-on-one consultation as you work through several drafts. The editors assigned to you are professional writers, educators, and published authors who have volunteered to help veterans learn the craft of writing. MEA’s primary mission is to help veterans and family members build their skills in creative expression, and we strongly encourage you to take us up on our offer.

We also understand that not everyone is willing to revise their work for one reason or another, and would just like to have their piece considered for publication. We give you the option of having our editors consider your submission for publication on the basis of simple acceptance or rejection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Editor-in-Chief at  

MEA invites artwork from military veterans, veteran family members, and members of military communities (DOD civilians, contractors, correspondence) for publication in its annual and quarterly anthologies. We invite all artwork of all types and mediums, especially experimental works. 

In addition to publication in an anthology your work will be considered for publication in the MEA online art gallery.

To be considered, artists must submit high resolution image files (please submit the highest resolution that you can and ensure that it is free from glare) of each work of art. In addition, a .doc or .docx file should be submitted alongside these images with the following information as it pertains to each work:

1. Title of the work(s)
2. Name of the artist(s)
3. Size of the work(s)
4. Medium of the work(s)
5. Two to four sentences about the inspiration behind the piece or its meaning. Your words about the piece you are submitting are important.

In your .doc or .docx file please pair the above information with the images themselves, but also include high res images as separate files.

By submitting your work here you are agreeing to MEA's Copyright and Privacy stipulations located online at

Blue Nostalgia is the signature publication of the Veterans’ PTSD project. Blue Nostalgia gives us a medium to connect to our brothers and sisters, while allowing the civilian community a glimpse into our world. There are many of us who have experienced the trauma that comes with armed conflict, but there are many more who have not, and never will. We veterans hold in our minds and bodies the history of our wars, and if the non-veteran community is to grasp who we are, what we have experienced, and what we are capable of as productive citizens, we must tell our stories.

In addition to experiencing war trauma, some of us have experienced military sexual trauma or trauma outside of a deployment. The stories of such trauma and the growth associated with it needs to be told.

The media traffics in tragedy and often fails to report on instances of post-traumatic growth, a concept few are familiar with, and that is the aim of Blue Nostalgia; to tell the untold, the unreported. Writing about trauma and the growth that follows is not easy. We understand that. Know this: You are not alone! Anyone who writes about such experiences goes through this unsettling and sometimes scary process of reliving trauma. If you are up to the task, please join us here at VPP to help change the national conversation about PTSD. After all, if we don’t tell our stories, who will?

We are also in search of cover art, and a few pieces for inserts. Art work needs to be in an electronic format. If your art is in some other medium, a high quality picture may be considered.

Blue Nostalgia does not accept fiction or poetry. Please consider submitting poetry and fiction to MEA’s other publications.

For any questions you have about the submissions process, please email the Editor-in-Chief at

(By submitting your work here you are agreeing to MEA's Copyright and Privacy stipulations located online at

Military Experience & the Arts seeks talented, motivated individuals interested in providing veterans and their families with opportunities to express themselves in a growing network of online and in-person communities.

A federally recognized, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, MEA began in college classrooms, helping student veterans figure out where they're going by articulating where they'd been. A small, campus publication of veteran stories, poems, and artwork quickly expanded its reach to veterans from throughout the United States, including veterans of all generations. In 2012, the first ever Military Experience & the Arts Symposium, funded by a grant from the KY Dept. of Veterans Affairs, provided more than 130 veterans and their spouses with three, all-expenses paid days of workshops in creative expression and arts therapies. The community forged in that event has since grown, publishing more than six volumes of veterans' creative works, leading a number of free, online writing workshops, mentoring dozens of up and coming veteran writers, and moving towards its second national event in Lawton, OK in May 2015.
We invite applications and inquiries from individuals interested in any and all positions. Qualified, altruistically minded individuals who submit their applications along with innovative, realistic proposals intended to take MEA to the next level of veteran service will be reviewed by the MEA Executive Board and invited to informal, online interviews.

All positions are volunteer at this time. Positions currently open to applications:

MEA Executive Board 


Staff Positions:

Editors of 

Or, after reviewing our website, accomplishments, and current direction, you have an idea for a position not mentioned above, feel free to suggest your own.

The application that follows should be filled out in its entirety, and all required documents must be included in order to be considered. Complete applications can expect a response within one to two business weeks

Informal Inquiries can be directed to David Ervin, MEA President, at

Thank you for considering becoming a part of the Military Experience & the Arts team. Hopefully, soon, you will be able to help us help them.