Veterans Writing Project focus of program
MOUNT PLEASANT — Iowa Wesleyan College will mark Veterans Day during its weekly Thursday Forum series with the program “What is War?” at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel Auditorium. The program is open to the public.
The program will feature Ron Capps, a veteran of several wars and founder of the The Veterans Writing Project, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The organization provides no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members and military family members.
Capps was a soldier for 25 years. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1983, received a commission in 1985 and served on active duty for nine years before returning to the Army Reserve.
As a reservist, Capps was re-called a number of times to active service including work with special operations forces in central Africa, a combat tour in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003, and work as an international peacekeeper in Darfur. He served as a foreign service officer from 1994-2008 with postings in Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq and Sudan.
Now retired from government service, Capps is a freelance writer and directs the Veterans Writing Project.
The program also will feature military veterans Ryan Koch, a student at Iowa Wesleyan. Koch, 23, served three years in the Army as an infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division. He completed one tour of duty in Afghanistan from May 2010-May 2011. He is currently a second semester freshman majoring in mass communication and English, with a minor in history.
The program will be moderated by Linda Buchanan, vice president and dean of student life at Iowa Wesleyan. Buchanan also is a veteran, retiring in 2009 as a captain in the United States Navy after 24 years of commissioned service.