About the creators

Chris Brown

Chris's many roles on War Ink include project director, grant writer, and co-curator. He and Jason shared responsibilities of recruiting participants for the project across the entire state of California.

Chris's work on this project is an outgrowth of his role as senior manager at Contra Costa County Library. He's a Eureka! Fellow, a two-time California Library Association speaker, a Public Library Association speaker, and a consultant for Infopeople. Chris earned an MLIS from San Jose State University, and currently attends the University of San Francisco for his Masters in Public Administration.

"As a community, we face problems that are bigger than any single agency can address. Finding solutions is a collective effort. In War Ink we've brought together a diverse group to address the lack of public cohesion experienced by veterans. In an ideal world, we would all recognize each other as rich and complex people, each deserving of respect and compassion."

Jason Deitch

Jason is a US Army veteran, a social researcher, and a veteran advocate. He brought his personal and professional experience to the curation of War Ink. He also served as the primary recruiter for and liaison to the veteran community.

Apart from War Ink, Jason is part of the Program in Rehabilitative Neuroscience, which is jointly run by the University of California, Berkeley and the VA Medical Centers of Martinez and San Francisco. He also is a consultant to Joining Forces, a White House initiative to better assist veterans in their transition home. Jason received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of California, Berkeley.

"Human beings need community. In order to have community, you must have meaningful relationships. In order to have meaningful relationships, you must establish meaningful communication built on shared understanding. Communication has broken down between military and civilian cultures. Without shared understanding, the men and women who have served cannot come all the way home."

Our Funders

Institute of Museum and Library Services

War Ink was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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Pacific Library Partnership

Funded in part by an Innovation Grant from the Pacific Library Partnership.

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Cal Humanities

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Eureka! Leadership Institute

War Ink was supported by a state-wide network of Eureka! Fellows.

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Audio Recording Partner

Interviews were recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of people listen to StoryCorps' award-winning broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three books: Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom.: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps-all of which are New York Times bestsellers.

For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.