Human Parts
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Human Parts

LIVED THROUGH THIS

My Oldest Brother Is Younger Than Me Now

Veterans Day feels different when you’re actually mourning a veteran

Image by Vivian McInerny of Fort Snelling cemetery

My oldest brother is much younger than I.

He was 19 years old when he was killed in Vietnam. I was 13. At the time I felt the sorrow was too much to bear and I would crumble. But here I am five…

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Vivian McInerny

Vivian McInerny

Career journalist, essayist, fiction writer, and life-long spirit-quester.