Our Mission: Educate others about the real experiences of war and the battles military veterans continue to face after coming home. 

Emmanuel Wright
Brandon Mitalas
Danielle Villanueva
Adam Posadas
Jeff Radcliffe
Dennis Eller
Nikki Davis
Joe Porter
Justin Shults
Miguel Escalera
Zong Her
Deshaun Caples
Joe Stone
Dominic Wilkerson
Tim Lovitt
Kevin Chose
Robin Ekstein
Mike Farnum


Proceeds from sales and donations are used to distribute free copies of What They Signed Up For: True Stories by Ordinary Soldiers to veterans and their families, veteran organizations, service providers, and student groups.  Our mission is to inspire other veterans to tell their own stories and to inform civilians about the veteran experience.

Coming to a Bookstore Near You

If you are the kind of person who prefers to buy your book from a local bookstore and not online - I can't blame you. It's such a great feeling to hold a book in your hand and thumb through the pages before you buy. And of course, I can't forget to mention the smell... If for some reason you've been holding out and waiting for the moment that What They Signed Up For: True Stories By Ordinary Soldiers showed up on your local bookstore shelves before you buy, you don't have to wait any longer. If you find yourself down in the Seward Park area of Seattle, drop on by Third Place Books and they'll hook you up. For now, it's only available at this location: Third Place Books 5041 Wilson Ave S. Sea

Storytellers Open Up During Interview on KSER FM

(Everett, Wash.) Yesterday, Friday September 22nd, book editor Jeb Wyman and veterans Brandon Mitalas and Robin Eckstein joined Ed Bremer at 90.7 KSER FM on his show Sound Living (Weekdays @4PM). During the hour long segment, they talked about their experiences during their military service, the military-civilian transition, and with the book project. It's a show you definitely don't want to miss! If you would like to hear the show, it will be rebroadcast at 8am on Sunday September 24th on 90.7FM in Everett, Washington. OR Listen to a recording of the show anytime on SoundCloud. If you'd like to purchase What They Signed Up For: True Stories By Ordinary Soldiers, you can find it at our publi

She Was All Alone...

"We were encamped somewhere in the middle of Iraq. I had walked off into the desert to relieve myself. And I came upon her. She was a child maybe ten years old. She was all alone, and she was badly burned. From what, I don't know. I thought at first that I could treat her and help her. She kept saying ma'an, the Arab word for water. Ma'an. Ma'an. Ma'an. I didn't understand...Her skin was like leather, it was so burned. I couldn't find a vein. And I was afraid... I was afraid of causing her more harm." ~ Emmanuel Wright To see more of Emmanuel's story, purchase What They Signed Up For: True Stories By Ordinary Soldiers through our publisher Blue Ear Books or at Amazon.com.

We are official.

As this project came along and grew, it became apparent that we needed to formalize our operation. A few weeks ago the editor, Jeb Wyman filed a request with State of Washington to be formally recognized as a non-profit organization. As of August 17th, 2017, it became official. What They Signed Up For is now a non-profit corporation in the state of Washington. Aren't you excited? We are! Board members include: President - Robin Eckstein Vice-President - Brandon Mitalas Secretary - Joe Stone Sr. Treasurer - Jeb Wyman In the coming weeks as we get financials in place, we will also be be able to start accepting donations to help fund printing and distribution of additional FREE copies for veter

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