Blog Submission Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in making a submission to About Face.  We hope to build a community of voices to illuminate the unique perspectives and experiences of service members, veterans, military families and advocates. Please know that we can post your submission anonymously if you so choose, and we moderate all comments to maintain a respectful environment.

Below are some guidelines to help make sure your submission is appropriate and the best that it can be:

  • Please keep submissions between 500-800 words. Blog posts should be succinct and focused on a specific idea or experience. We will not consider submissions that exceed this length.
  • Please keep acronyms to a minimum. Even other service members may not be aware of all the different acronyms that each military branch uses.
  • Please do not include any identifying information about people other than yourself (i.e. specific military units, names of individuals, etc.)
  • Please do not submit affidavit-style writing or clinical assessments.

Any submissions that include personal attacks on anyone, hate speech (racist, sexist, homophobic, etc), offensive language (i.e. uses of derogatory terms to single out specific populations), or victim blaming (suggesting that survivors of sexual trauma or domestic violence are responsible for their harassment and/or assault) will not be published and any comments that violate these guidelines will be deleted.

We reserve the right to make edits for clarity and content. If any edits need to be made, we will approve the final copy with the author before publishing. If the author approves the edits, then the submission will be added to the queue of ready-to-publish submissions. If the author does not approve the edits, the submission will not be considered for publication.

SWAN regularly publishes blog posts anonymously at the request of the writer, but we must be able as an organization to identify the writer, either over the phone or by email. This is standard journalistic procedure. We will not put any of the identifying info in the blog, also standard journalistic procedure for anonymous sources.

Here are some ideas you may want to consider as potential starting points for your submission:

  • What about your military service makes you the most proud?
  • Tell us about a healing process or treatment that you have found to be beneficial.What have you learned about yourself because of your military experience that you feel others could benefit from knowing?
  • Tell us about someone in the military or veterans community that has impacted you in a transformative way.
  • If you are a family member, tell us how your loved one’s experiences have impacted or changed you.
  • If you are an advocate, tell us about a positive experience where you were able to learn from or assist a veteran or service member.

You may also want to read about issues that SWAN is currently working on and weigh in on any professional or personal experiences you have surrounding those issues. See our advocacy and policy pages.

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