Video: Writing class prompts soldiers, veterans to examine military life © Feb. 17, 2012, Norwich University Office of Communications

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Norwich University has a history of producing outstanding military officers and citizen-soldiers going back to its founding in 1819. The school also offers a supportive environment for veterans and active-duty servicemen and women furthering their education.

Recently, the English Department began offering a writing and literature course for people at various stages of their military careers. These students include veterans, National Guardsmen and Marines participating in Norwich’s MECEP program, which allows them to earn their bachelor’s degrees while still in active service.

Classes offered a comfortable environment where soldiers and veterans could examine and write about military experiences—from the decision to enlist to combat and its aftermath—among people with similar knowledge.

This video shows moments from a December 2011 event when class participants read essays detailing the diversity of life in the military.