The American Soldier | Special Letters from Veterans
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On Stage at The Kennedy Center

 Below are a few touching letters I have received from veterans after doing my show through out the country.  .


Just wanted to drop you a quick line to say a big \”THANK YOU\” for your incredible performance in Houston last night (April 3, 2016). 


I met my wife after I was honorably discharged from the Marines in ‘02. She’s been dealt a great hand in life while growing up; she never had to worry about money, anything she wanted she got, and she’s never suffered a major hardship or close death in the family.  


Her thoughts on the military were below my expectations and at times her harsh comments about the military and the types of people that joined offended me.  As proud as I am to have served from ’97 to ’02, I find myself rarely discussing my experiences with her. 


Last night (after your show) was the first time she expressed any interest in the military.  She opened up and apologized for the previous fights we had about the military, she inquired about the times/experiences I had while I was serving, and truly hugged me for my service (she even whispered an “I’m proud of you” in my ear).


Thank you for the many years you spent creating and acting out this performance.  I wish you the best and once again THANK YOU for changing my wife’s perspective on the military and for being our voice. 

Jeff S.  (SGT – USMC ’97-’02)

Dear Douglas, 

My name is Rosemary Orozco and I was a nurse during the Vietnam war from November 1967 to May of 1969. I was there with The United State’s Agency for International Development and I worked in the Dalat Hospital with Vietnamese and French Surgeons.  We essentially treated civilians and the Vietnamese Military.


I was totally moved and overwhelmed by what I had seen and heard onstage by you. The next day was September 11th and I was at the Memorial service on Pier A in Hoboken, and I shared your show with anyone that I encountered including the Mayor and councilman Michael De Fusco. 


What you have created is way beyond wonderful and the multiple roles that you play are so relatable and recognizable, that it’s scary how real they are. I saw and felt the pain and journey of each character you created and remembered all the tragedy I saw as a nurse in Vietnam.  I heard their voices and felt their pain all over again. 


I think what you have created is so wonderful and so important that it tells the story of all of our veterans from all of our conflicts. The idea hat that the boy who left is not the man when he returns, still resonates with me. You are gifted and incredibly compassionate and blessed to be able to do this kind of work. You have an admirer out there and you may find this silly but if you hear music, that may be me singing your praises.


Thank you for doing this show in New Jersey and take care! 

Rose O. – Civilian Army Nurse, United State’s Agency for International Development, November 1967 – May 1969

Hi Douglas,

Your performance was 1st class, moving, thoughtful, compassionate and heart felt from the very beginning to the end.

Tried holding back my tears- but that didn’t last long… Saw myself and my battle buddies, and the parents of my friends who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country in your performance.


My war was Desert Storm 1990-91 where my service as an Army Medevac Helicopter Crewchief/Gunner flying missions in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait brought my life to the brink of tragedy and had me look the face of War in the eye….the scenes of horror below my Helo and the wounded servicemen and woman we aided in flight from the battlefield haunt me daily.


My burden and Daily struggle with the invisible wounds of war (PTS) and the physical ones are impossible to totally erase.  We use strategies to cope and drive on and live a life of meaning.  Don’t think we ever entirely heal.


What you do I believe is Cathartic, your performance fleshes out the heart felt emotions of those Warriors and reinforces the will to “Never give up, never stop fighting” for inner peace despite our war time experiences.  I’m a graduate of  Please reach out to Jake Clark he founder – he would love to have you guide our Warriors back to a foundation of healing – I truely believe you are doing that through your performance.


God Bless you and your beautiful family. You’ll never know and words can’t express what your performance has meant to me.

Love and Peace,

A Desert Storm Veteran

Dear Doug,

Your performance was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen on stage.  I served in Iraq and in Afghanistan, and a lot of times when people come up to me and ask me how does it feel to experience war, I personally can never find the words to express my experience, the way your performance did.  Your performance says it all and your play is a voice for veterans. Thank you! 
 Marc C. Veteran of Iraq & Afghanistan, Purple Heart Recipient 2014