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Ron Capps
at Fall for the Book, 2014
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army, State Department
Years of service 1983–2008
Other work Writer, Veterans Writing Project founder

Ron Capps is a writer, US Army and Foreign Service veteran, and founder of the Veterans Writing Project, a nonprofit organization that hosts free writing workshops for veterans and others. Capps also wrote the book Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, a book that details his own experiences with PTSD (Posttraumatic stress disorder).

Service career[edit | edit source]

Capps enrolled in ROTC and enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard simultaneously while attending Old Dominion University in 1983.[1][2] He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1985.[1] Later that year, he joined the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany.[2] After three years, Capps moved to military intelligence work in Korea, serving as a US liaison to the Korean Defense Intelligence Agency.[2]

Capps returned to the United States as an Army case officer, and earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from Johns Hopkins University.[1][2][3] In 1994, Capps transferred to the Army Reserve and joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.[2]

From 1996 to 2002, he served in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Kosovo, and Rwanda as a Foreign Service Officer. Additionally during those six years, Capps was deployed as an intelligence officer in Uganda and Zaire by the army. After the September 11 attacks, Capps served with XVIII Airborne Corps and the Defense intelligence Agency in Afghanistan as a soldier. Later, he was deployed to Darfur and Chad as a soldier, and Iraq and Darfur as a Foreign Service Officer.[2]

Throughout his career of service, Capps was often working in close proximity to murder, rape, and genocide.[2] He suffered from regular and intense nightmares, and was prescribed Prozac by an army doctor. In 2006, he nearly committed suicide.[1] He was medically evacuated from service by the Regional Medical Officer of the State Department.[2]

After deployment[edit | edit source]

After his medevac, Capps returned to the State Department as an expert on Darfur and Chad.[2] He retired from government work and began pursuing a Master of Arts in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.[1][3]

Three years later, he founded the Veterans Writing Project. The non-profit organization hosts free writing workshops and seminars for veterans and service members, as well as their adult family members.[4]

Capps often writes freelance articles about PTSD. His work has been published in Time Magazine, NPR, and the New York Times, among others.[5][6] He published his first book, "Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years" in 2014. It outlines his experiences with PTSD and his service during wars in Central Africa, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Darfur.[2]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • Capps, Ron (2014). Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years. Schaffner Press, Inc.. ISBN 9781936182589. OCLC 862098859. 
  • Capps, Ron (2013). Writing War: a Guide to Telling Your Own Story. Veterans Writing Project. ISBN 9781466435025. OCLC 825050133. 

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Reilly, Corinne. "Words of War, Peace of Mind". Hampton Roads. http://hamptonroads.com/2014/07/words-war-peace-mind. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Capps, Ron (2014). Seriously not all right : five wars in ten years (First hardcover edition. ed.). Schaffner Press, Inc. p. xi. ISBN 1936182580.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SNAL" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SNAL" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SNAL" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SNAL" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SNAL" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SNAL" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SNAL" defined multiple times with different content
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Ron Capps". Association of Writers and Writing Programs. https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/user_view/19540/capps_ron. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  4. CAPUZZI SIMON, CECILIA. "Warrior Voices". New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/education/edlife/veterans-learn-to-write-and-heal.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0. 
  5. "About the Author". Seriously Not All Right. http://seriouslynotallright.com/the-author/. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  6. Capps, Ron. "Ron Capps | TIME.com". Nation.time.com. http://nation.time.com/author/roncapps/. Retrieved 2014-08-27. 

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