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Best wishes for 2019! 🎉 & a Review of 2018 Programs!

Warm wishes for the holiday season and Happy New Year!
Voices From War has had another exciting and full year. As we welcome in 2019, we want to share a few highlights from 2018!
We had a full year of writing workshops for veterans and family members, with offerings in Manhattan and the Bronx. Thank you to the 14th Street Y (11 seasons of workshops!) and the Morris Park (NYPL) Public Library (6 seasons!). Additionally, we had a landmark year of public events – participating in or holding FOUR PUBLIC READINGS this year! Every single one available free to the public, and sharing original writing from our workshop participants.
To all of our Voices From War supporters  Thank you! and, if you’re able, please consider making an end-of-year donation, as we head into 2019!
THANK YOU to each of our 2018 Participants and our Readers, Instructors, Audiences & Hosts!

FEBRUARY – DECEMBER 2018

Writing & Reading War Stories in the 21st Century – we’ve entered our sixth year of workshops!  *  Seasons 10 & 11 at our fantastic downtown Manhattan host, the 14th Street Y.  *  Our thanks to Nina Semczuk, a dedicated Teaching Associate and then co-Instructor for several seasons.  *  With Nina’s departure, we were fortunate to be joined by Siobhan Adcock, talented author and also a veteran family member, with her second novel just out in 2018.  *  Thank you to our Manhattan co-instructors Scott Reel and Siobhan Adcock. All INSTRUCTOR BIOs can be found on the website’s Instructors’ page.

The Craft of War Writing in the Bronx  *  Seasons 5 & 6 at the wonderful NYPL – Morris Park Public Library.  *  A huge thank you to Jeremy Warneke (6 seasons!) and co-Instructor John LoSasso.  *  And we were thrilled to present our first Bronx Reading – see more below!

May 15, 2018 – Poets & Writers – 9th Annual Connecting Cultures Reading      

It was an honor to share the stage with other Poets & Writers’ supported workshops at the 9th Annual Connecting Cultures Reading, presented by Poets & Writers and hosted by the Center for Book Arts.

June 3, 2018 – Veteran Mosaic – Voices From War Summer Reading

Voices From War returned to the 14th Street Y Theater where we were thrilled to present writing from 8 workshop participants (Manhattan & the Bronx).   

 

November 10, 2018 – Voices From War at Lewis Latimer House Museum (Reading in Queens)

What a powerful way to honor and celebrate Veterans Day Weekend. Six of our Voices From War participants (from our 14th Street Y workshop and the Craft of War Writing in the Bronx) shared their work at the historic Latimer House Museum in Queens, home to African-American inventor and Union Army Civil War veteran, Lewis H. Latimer. If you haven’t had a chance to visit the museum, put it on your calendar for 2019.   

December 8, 2018 – The Craft of War Writing – Voices in the Bronx – Voices From War Winter Reading

We celebrated an amazing year of workshops and events with our first Reading in the Bronx at the Morris Park Library, host to the Craft of War Writing since our first season at the NYPL in Spring 2016. This warm and welcoming Reading featured 7 of our participants (Bronx and Manhattan) and brought our diverse audience together to hear original writing followed by delicious contributions from local vendors. Thank you to Morris Park Library and our #Bronx community!    

Public readings are a deeply meaningful experience for readers and audience alike. If you couldn’t catch one of our events in 2018, we hope to see you in 2019! Stay tuned for upcoming events. And, of course, if you are a veteran (or family member) please consider one of our workshops this year — and please share with others who might be interested! Registration opens in January.
Additional 2018 community events & news highlights included…

April 27, 2018 – Hunter College Conference – “Moral Transformation and War”

Thank you to Hunter College and Professor Christa Acampora for including Voices From War in this engaging group of presentations. Voices From War director Kara Krauze presented with writer (and previous participant) Teresa Fazio. Voices From War:  Bridging Divides: Writing a Kaleidoscope of Experience

June 8, 2018 – Vassar’s Veterans Posse Program

Kara was fortunate to attend this panel event offering a chance to hear from current Veterans Posse Program participants – veterans attending Vassar College supported by additional #community through the Posse Program. Also pleased to soon after reconnect with Voices From War alum and Veterans Posse Program participant Gino Ruiz.

June 2018 – Visiting artist, Zinaida

We were pleased to welcome Ukrainian artist Zinaida and her colleague as guests to our June Reading, and to visit her exhibit and learn more about Zinaida’s work with Ukrainian veterans and art. Zinaida exhibited her powerful work at White Box gallery in NYC and brought her art workshop, ArtRehub, to the VA during her visit.

June 20, 2018 – incoming Co-Instructor, Siobhan Adcock – Book Launch

Voices From War instructor, Siobhan Adcock, celebrated the launch of her second novel, The Completionist, at the PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. We are thrilled to have Siobhan Adcock continuing with co-Instructor Scott Reel for our upcoming Season 12 at the 14th Street Y!

                                        

September 5, 2018 – Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Community Arts Breakfast

Hosted by Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (in Hamilton Heights) and featuring inspiring stories from other community arts organizations. Voices From War was honored to be a speaker in 2017 and once again excited and inspired to attend this year’s gathering.

        

 

September 13, 2018 – The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards

Voices From War is honored to receive grant support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation (RJF). The RJF Awards event in September featured guest speaker Tayari Jones and honored 6 new emerging women writers. Amazing work!   

             

November 30, 2018Intrepid After Hours – Voices From War at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

It was great to return to the Intrepid for another Voices From War workshop offered as Intrepid After Hours programming. Instructors Jeremy Warneke and Kara Krauze met a wonderful group of participants.   

December 3, 2018 – Voices From War – The Craft of War Writing featured on BronxNet TV

Thank you to three of our instructors, Jeremy Warneke and John LoSasso (The Craft of War Writing – Bronx) and Siobhan Adcock (14th Street Y – Manhattan), for their appearance on BronxNet TV show “Open” to share about our workshops and our Dec. 8th Reading in the Bronx. Missed the show? You can still catch it (about 13 minutes in) on the BronxNet website.

We are deeply grateful, as ever, to our multi-year grant support from Amazon Literary Partnership, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Poets & Writers (Readings & Workshops Program), and the Rona Jaffe Foundation. Our collaboration in the Bronx has also benefited from additional support from the Bronx Council on the Arts.

And all of our workshops and programming also continue to rely on YOU, our individual contributors and all of our supporters, veteran, military family, and civilians alike. THANK YOU to our community! Your support for veterans and diverse voices matters!

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Here is to a rewarding 2019!

Stay tuned and stop by the website for more updates, upcoming 2019 REGISTRATION and MORE! And save the date for our next Open House: Sunday, FEBRUARY 17, 4:00-5:30 pm.

As always, each of you continue to make Voices From War’s successes and ongoing growth possible — through your participation, whether as attendee, audience member, supporter, volunteer, engaged community members and contributors!
Thank you! We hope you will continue to follow our progress in 2019, participate in our workshops and attend our events! And please consider making an end-of-year contribution. ALL donations help support our ongoing success, showing our community-based support and community engagement! Whether you can give $20 or $200, or somewhere in between, your support helps us grow and strive!
Here’s to a rewarding and healthy New Year, rich with community and more stories!    #MoreVoices
To make a tax-deductible donation, visit our fiscal sponsorship page on Fractured Atlas…or click-through via our website.
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Warmest wishes!

With thanks,

Kara

Kara Krauze
Founder, Director

Voices From War
Writing Workshops for Veterans
VoicesFromWar.org

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Intrepid After Hours with Voices From War – NOV 30th!

Register NOW for Voices From War at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum – free registration on Eventbrite

#veterans     #MoreVoices  #NYC

PLUS … Don’t miss our other upcoming Voices From War EVENTS:

Two FALL-WINTER READINGS!

Veterans Day Weekend:  Saturday, NOVEMBER 10th, 3:00 pm

Voices From War at Lewis Latimer House Museum

     at Lewis Howard Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Queens, NY  11354

Free Registration on Eventbrite

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End-of-Season:  Saturday, DECEMBER 8th, 3:00 pm

The Craft of War Writing – Voices in the Bronx

    at Morris Park Public Library, 985 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx, NY  10462

 

We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming events!

Facebook: @VoicesFromWar
Twitter: @voicesfromwar

From Snow… to Spring – NEWS

NEWS Bulletin – Voices From War and friends…

ANNOUNCEMENTS

This FRIDAY, APRIL 27th, Conference (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm) – Hunter College

CONFERENCE on  moral injury – “Moral Transformation and War”

Voices From War, director Kara Krauze presenting with writer Teresa Fazio – afternoon session (2:00-4:00 pm)
Voices From War:  Bridging Divides: Writing a Kaleidoscope of Experience

DETAILShttp://www.moralinjuryandwarproject.com/conference-program.html

Hunter College – Roosevelt House
47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065
Four Freedom Room
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SAVE the DATE ! Sunday, JUNE 3rd!

For our next Voices From War READING

 

Voices From War

presents

Veteran Mosaic

6:00 pm ~ Sunday, JUNE 3rd, 2018

The Theater at the 14th Street Y – 344 East 14th St., NY, NY  10003

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Tuesday, MAY 15th, 2018

6:30 pm Reception  ~  7:00 pm READING

VOICES FROM WAR at the Poets & Writers’

9th Annual

Connecting Cultures Reading

   Including 2 Voices From War readers.

Hosted by the Center for Book Arts

28 West 27th St., 3rd Floor, NY, NY  10001

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A Voices From War WORKSHOP on the INTREPID

INTREPID AFTER HOURS”

New Date Coming Soon

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NEW SEASON! – Thank you! #LMCC and #Poets&Writers

Great news!

THANK YOU! to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC.net) for a second year of support for VOICES FROM WAR’s Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century.
And THANK YOU once again to Poets & Writers for supporting Voices From War through support for our Teaching Artists. This season… co-Instructor, Nina Semczuk!
A great way to celebrate the START of our 10th SEASONTHIS WEEK at long-time supporter and HOST the 14th Street Y!
Manhattan REGISTRATION – Workshops (Season 10) – Starting Soon!
Bronx REGISTRATION – Workshops (Season 5) – Starts in March!

Thank you to all of our supporters, funders, volunteers, instructors, and participants for almost five years of writing workshops for veterans.

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We offer a veteran-focused space for reading and writing your stories (fiction, memoir, or poetry) about experiences of war, conflict, and material of meaning to participants, including veterans and military family members, with diverse backgrounds and eras of service.

#MoreVoices

#community

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QUESTIONS?  Contact: info@voicesfromwar.org

Looking for READING and WRITING in the BRONX?
The Craft of War Writing – Season 5 – STARTS March 10th!
With Jeremy Warneke and John LoSasso

VOICES FROM WAR’S Writing & Reading War Stories in the 21st Century is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  LMCC.net

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.
  NYC - Manhattan: Writing & Reading War Stories in the 21st Century

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This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Voices From War is grateful to THE RONA JAFFE FOUNDATION for ongoing organizational support for our programming since 2016 and to AMAZON LITERARY PARTNERSHIP for new support in 2017.
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                 BRONX - The Craft of War Writing
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"The Craft of War Writing" is offered in collaboration with VOICES FROM WAR, offering writing workshops for veterans since 2013, and with support from the Morris Park NYPL and the Bronx Council on the Arts.
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The Craft of War Writing workshop series is made possible with public funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund Program.*
2016 & 2017 (*2018 pending)

VoicesFromWar.org

Come Hear New Writing from Veterans – JUNE 25th!

Come hear new writing from Voices From War participants — from Vietnam-era through present day.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25th, 5:00 pm

21st Century War Stories

The Theater at the 14th Street Y

And join us for a wine and cheese reception celebrating our participants’ work!

PLUS Musical Guest Vic Ruggiero!

Click HERE to RSVP and reserve your tickets on EVENTBRITE now!

14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street
(between 1st & 2nd Avenues)LOGO
New York, NY  10003

Looking forward to seeing you on JUNE 25th!

OTHER NEWS

We are thrilled to have new support in 2017 from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for Voices From War’s writing workshop for veterans hosted by the 14th Street Y — Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century.

THANK YOU LMCC, NYC DCA and City Council for valuing our 2017 programming and honoring Voices From War with a Creative Learning Grant for this program!

And thank you to Amazon Literary Partnership for new grant support coming in 2017!

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We cannot offer our signature quality instruction and engaging readings without YOU! – our supporters, our audience, all of you, both veterans and civilians, who care about the stories our veterans have to tell and the community in which discussions, reading, and writing grow. THANK YOU!

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We hope you can JOIN US for our next READING on JUNE 25th!

 

We are thrilled to have new support in 2017 from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for Voices From War’s writing workshop for veterans hosted by the 14th Street Y — Writing and Reading War Stories in the 21st Century

THANK YOU LMCC, NYC DCA and City Council for valuing our 2017 programming and honoring Voices From War with a Creative Learning Grant for this program!

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VOICES FROM WAR’S Writing & Reading War Stories in the 21st Century is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.

This class is supported and hosted by the 14th Street Y.

Thank you to The Rona Jaffe Foundation for new support in 2016!

Thank you to Poets & Writers for support for our workshops since 2013!

Thank you to the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council for new support in 2017!

 

And we cannot offer our signature quality instruction and engaging readings without YOU! – our supporters, our audience, all of you, both veterans and civilians, who care about the stories our veterans have to tell and the community in which discussions, reading, and writing grow. THANK YOU!

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We hope you can JOIN US for our next READING on JUNE 25th!

The CRAFT of WAR WRITING – 3rd Season – STARTING SOON – #BRONX

The CRAFT of WAR WRITING – Season 3 – Voices From War – Collaboration in the BRONX

The CRAFT of WAR WRITING starts MARCH 18th

10 Sessions – SPRING 2017 – in the BRONX

MARCH 18 – JUNE 10

SPRING DATES:  MARCH 18  ▪  APRIL 1, 8, 15, & 29    MAY 6, 13, & 20   JUNE 3 & 10 

Bronx REGISTRATION (Spring 2017)https://goo.gl/forms/l7qUVf7juyAjSczV2

DETAILS:  https://voicesfromwar.org/workshop/

The Craft of War Writing is offered in collaboration with Voices From War, offering writing workshops for veterans since 2013, and with support from the Morris Park NYPL and the Bronx Council on the Arts.

Questions? Contact: info@voicesfromwar.org

The Craft of War Writing  workshop series is made possible with public funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Greater New York Arts Development Fund Program.

REGISTER NOW for The CRAFT of WAR WRITING, a writing and reading series on experiences of war.

VoicesFromWar.org

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Giving Tuesday – Giving Back: Thank You!

On this Giving Tuesday, we want to take a moment to thank all of those who give back through Voices From War year round, as well as those of you who are able to make a donation.

We rely upon passion and dedication from volunteers, our supporters, our participants, and our leadership and instructors, all of us giving to Voices From War because we see the power of veteran stories and community. Writing helps us to better understand, grapple with, and accept our experiences – each of us, as individuals – and writing brings us together. Writing bonds veterans with each other, and brings together veterans and civilians through the power of shared experience, narrative, and the conversations writing and reading generate.

We see this every week in the classroom, a dozen people around a table, and we see it in conversations online and offline. We see it in the interest of civilians in hearing from veterans; and we see the import of veteran stories shared, with not only those who already understand, but also those who might not yet. In the process, we find unexpected commonalities, alongside differences.

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Voices From War (14th St Y) co-instructor Nate Bethea (back row, 3rd from left), next to Craft of War Writing instructor Jeremy Warneke (back, 2nd from left), along with participants at our Nov. 2015 public reading. (photo: Yana Kusayeva)

Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers. Thank you to our fantastic instructors, Nate Bethea, with whom I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune of teaching alongside these past two years at the 14th Street Y, and Jeremy Warneke, who has become a powerful force teaching our Bronx collaboration, The Craft of War Writing.

 

We cannot do any of this without you – our participants and our supporters and our volunteers, our dedicated instructors, and our contributors.

 

Thank  you to our audience for giving your time and attention, and thank you for those who can make a donation to help support Voices From War’s ongoing programming!

#GivingTuesday

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Your voices matter.

You can make a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.   Donate now!

And we hope to see you at our WINTER READING on DECEMBER 10th! Details on the Event page.

Thank you to Poets & Writers for helping to support our workshops, and for the chance to share part of my story and why I strive to give back through Voices From War.

Kara

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You can also read Voices From War participant Mario Bonifacio‘s powerful essay “Finding Our Voice After War“on the Poets & Writers website:

http://www.pw.org/content/finding_our_voice_after_war?cmnt_all=1

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Thank you on #GivingTuesday

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To our Voices from War extended community:

Dear Friends,

First, THANK YOU to each of you for your part in making Voices from War a successful reality, whether you are a veteran participating in our weekly writing workshops or an engaged civilian, veteran, or veteran service provider receiving our updates – and listening for more veteran stories. Perhaps you were able to attend our recent event, “Journeys in Stories,” in collaboration with non-profit arts organization Veteran Artist Program. The Voices from War Literary Showcase, which was followed by another powerful ensemble performance by The Telling Project, was a fantastic success – engaging, thoughtful, thought-provoking – with an audience of over 200! We can’t wait to tell you about each of the exciting projects we are working on, with the Voices from War writing workshop always at our core; a place to write, to reflect, to engage, in a community of fellow veterans, writing.

I am writing to you today to ask for your ongoing support on this “Giving Tuesday.” Our writing workshops continue because of your support.

We are launching our first Voices from War crowdfunding campaign next week through Indiegogo – and we need your support, whether in the form of a modest contribution, help spreading the word, or both!

Voices from War, from our start in 2013, has relied on word-of-mouth support, whether through participants in our writing workshops, friends and colleagues, veterans, or others who work closely with veterans. And we take pride in building community through you – whether you are a veteran, or a civilian, or a military family member. Whether you are a reader or a writer. Whether you work actively with or for a veteran service organization or are in the military, or whether you are not even sure if you know a recent veteran, yet.

All of us count on the capable hands and minds of veterans, their strength and resilience, and their service. Their return to civilian society and the richness of their ongoing contributions matter deeply to each of us, to history, and to our literature. Whether someone served recently in Iraq or Afghanistan, or decades earlier in Vietnam, whether in Korea or Europe, or in regions and conflicts to which we have paid less heed – their stories matter, their voices matter. Without them, we know far less of the firsthand realities of war and military life – the camaraderie found in struggle, the pain of violent loss, and so much in between. Their stories are human stories; and from war stories, we understand more of ourselves.

Stories deepen our humanity. Telling stories, sometimes just for ourselves, sometimes for a wider audience, brings us closer – to ourselves, to understanding complex experience, and to others. Writers and readers. Veterans and civilians. People.

I am asking you today to take a moment, to consider all of these stories, how much our own stories matter to us; how much the stories of others – whether told through the truths of memory or the different truth of fiction – enrich our lives.

Please share in Voices from War’s work, and in our future, in these simple ways—

Your attention matters; and in this season of giving and giving thanks, your gift, however small, makes a difference.

Whether you can give $1, $10, or $100 – even if you find you cannot make a contribution at all right now – please share our campaign and please share in the work of Voices from War. We could not do it without you.

Want to know more about Voices from War and what we do?

We are concluding our third season of writing workshops for veterans at the 14th Street Y in New York City, and getting ready for our next season, Winter-Spring 2015. We just held a fantastically successful Literary Showcase, part of the 2nd Annual VAP Veterans Week Showcase, in collaboration with veteran-arts non-profit Veteran Artist Program – “Journeys in Stories: From the Front to the Home Front in Words” – and we are finishing editorial work on our first Voices from War literary journal – Volume 1 of writing from workshop participants! We can’t wait to share work from these fine writers – fiction and non-fiction from veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and even Korea.

Please visit our website, and check back on the site, the Voices from War blog, and our Facebook page for more updates!

And, again, thank you for all you give – by listening, by writing, by contributing however much or little you are able, and by sharing in the importance of our work; by sharing in valuing the importance of these voices.

Warmly,

Kara
Kara Krauze
Director, Voices from War

email: info@VoicesfromWar.org
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Giving_Tues_Voices__compactYou can make a PLEDGE to our upcoming Indiegogo Fundraising campaign (tax-deductible, see below) with this simple online form. (We will remind you later!)

Thank You!

Voices from War is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Voices from War must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Or Donate Now – through Fractured Atlas, our fiscal sponsor.

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THANK YOU for supporting Voices from War!