Details matter, Capps tells the class, but don't suffocate the reader with military lingo and acronyms. Students who need psychological help should go get it, he advises matter-of-factly, and not expect it to come from writing alone.
"We're not therapists. We're not medical people at all," he explained in an interview ahead of the class. "We're writers. Writers and others have known the healing power of arts."
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This story is the latest installment in a joint initiative by The Associated Press and Associated Press Media Editors taking a closer look at this latest generation of war veterans as they return to civilian life, and the effect this is having on them, their families and American society.