Coastal Bend Vietnam War veteran adds ‘published writer’ to his resume

Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 19:27:41-04


Veteran Joe Santos Medina has made his debut into the world of writing

April the 5th, how could I forget,” said Medina.

His book titled ‘Arbol Medina Poetry’ is his first piece of work to be published,  the book is a compilation of the poetry Medina wrote after he served in the Vietnam War.

“Love, healing, family, pain and sorrow, and how to overcome it,” said Medina.

“No one prepares you for war, death, and decapitation things that are horrible,” said Medina.

Medina says while he doesn’t feel like the war took a heavy toll on his heart, he fought alongside men who were affected.

“There are a lot of my brothers that were in Vietnam that are not able to communicate as well,” said Medina.

His latest poem is called ‘American Unity’, a piece about the American spirit. Medina says the poetry is meant to help heal the soul of a soldier, or anyone, who has experienced struggle.

“There’s so many things that are out there that are just not inspirational,” said Medina. “They do not lift you up and what I write is I guess since I need lifting up so I wrote uplifting.”

But his greatest muse has been his wife, Bella.

“Without my wife I would have been dead or in jail,” said Medina.

After he came back from the Vietnam War, Medina married his wife, who he says helped heal his heart, so he could help others through his writing.

“Maybe that’s why I write about love,” said Medina. “Everybody needs love.”

Now Medina’s book is available on a worldwide platform, and he plans to release part 2 of his book in the next 90 days.