Today is Veteran’s Day in the U.S. Let’s commemorate the day by writing about a veteran. Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt and my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: One Veteran
Today, write a scene or short story about one veteran.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
One Veteran, by K.E. Creighton
I had only been working in the emergency room at the local VA hospital for one week. It was midnight and pretty slow. So far, we only had an elderly man with minor chest pains and a toddler being treated for RSV arrive in the last twenty minutes.
I was sipping my lukewarm coffee at the nurses’ station when the double doors to the outside bay swung open, pushed open by a gurney. Three of us rush over. I see a man in his mid-to-late twenties lying on the gurney with vomit all over his mouth and matted hair. His face is dirty and pale, and so are his clothes. His eyes are open but lifeless. And he is missing a shoe.
The paramedics tell us he was found in an alleyway among piles of discarded garbage. He had overdosed on heroin. All signs pointed to an overdose, made even more evident by the puncture wounds made by a needle that are in between his toes, which we can see clearly on the foot without a shoe.
The patient’s breathing is shallow. We remove his tattered shirt and I see scars of war and can hardly fathom all the agony he must have, and still does, endure.
Eventually, the patient’s breathing stops, and his eyes are closed. One of the nurses hands me his chart and his wallet. Inside the wallet is a VA ID card behind a photo of the veteran himself. In the photo, he’s sitting next to a woman with a huge smile while a little girl with a large blue bow in her hair sits on his lap. The photo was taken in the park near the alleyway where he was discovered less than a half hour ago.