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Eddie Falcón served for 4 years in the USAF as an active duty enlisted aircrew member, stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. He completed 4 overseas tours, 2 in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan, as well as medical evacuations during Hurricane Katrina. After separation from the military, Eddie moved back to California, earned a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics and an M.A. in Spanish Language Literature, and is currently working on certification to teach high school Spanish. Eddie is a Warrior Writers artist and facilitator and has organized public readings and workshops at the San Francisco Arts Commission and around the Bay Area. He has served on the Board of Directors for About Face: Veterans Against War, was featured in the documentary Before You Enlist, and speaks in high schools and youth programs around the Bay Area about the true experience of military recruitment, service, and life as a veteran. Eddie is also a proud member of the Danza Mexica (aka Aztec Dance) community. He practices this indigenous cultural expression at ceremonies and pow wows throughout California.
Dylan Tête Dylan Tête is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience, an innovative housing community for warriors and families with life-altering injuries. Dylan earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering at West Point, as well as an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company in 3rd Brigade / 2nd Infantry Division, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the Department of State. He moved to New Orleans in 2005 where he managed the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Before his tenure as a civil servant working alongside the New Orleans Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, Dylan was hired by Military.com to assist transitioning military personnel and wounded warriors begin new careers in the civilian workforce.
Gala True, Secretary of the Warrior Writers Governing Board, is a health services researcher with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Section of Population and Community Medicine at LSU School of Medicine. As an undergraduate. Gala had a double major in Anthropology and Psychology. She received her PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Gala lived and worked in Philadelphia for many years and became involved in Warrior Writers during that time. When she moved to New Orleans in 2015, she and Ray Facundo co-founded the NOLA Veterans Arts and Humanities Alliance, a group of local arts organizations, Veteran artists, military caregivers, and civilian allies who create free, art-focused programming and events in greater New Orleans. Through her collaborations Gala helped start a new Warrior Writers community in New Orleans.
Camille Turner Camille Turner, is an Adjunct Chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a Director of Outreach at Ujima Friends Peace Center and currently a Pastoral Counseling student at New York Theological Seminary. She hopes to open a trauma informed and therapeutic women veterans community center that also provides housing support for veterans women and their children. She partners with and directs community outreach efforts to various organizations and individuals throughout the North Philadelphia area that bring art, yoga, meditation, and other evidence based modalities of care to support and empower communities, families and individuals who have been impacted by systematic trauma, military trauma and sexual trauma into a culture of healing. She is a spoken word poetry performer who has spent over 20 years creating, facilitating, and presenting workshops in both community, governmental and organizational settings. As a USMC veteran, and the ex-wife of a USMC veteran, she is aware of the many obstacles that military service creates both internally, and in the world around us. As a chaplain, conflict mediator, advocate and organizer, she believes that conflict is an opportunity for growth and change.
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