Future publications jeopardized after Veteran's magazine kicked out of office

Veterans organization struggles after eviction

MISSION, Kan. - After more than forty years, a Kansas-based Veteran’s magazine is getting kicked out of its office space. 

Two weeks ago, Priscila Chansky received a notice from the building's new management.

They're not part of a major renovation, and they have to move out. 

"It’s not very much time,” she said.

Instead of working on this year’s summer publication, Chansky, the non-profit organization’s only employee, is packing up magazines.

She has until July 31 to move out, or be escorted out as notified by the building’s management in its letter.

For Chansky, this is personal.

“It is just because I know how important it is to our guys out there,” she said.

Leah Ann Jones has written a handful of articles for the publication.

Through her contributions, the former marine discovered that writing can be therapeutic.

“You get your emotions out and when you’re writing it makes you feel like you can tell your stories."

Veterans can submit articles from around the nation to be published in the magazine and will receive a minimum $10 payment. 

Jones has received around $200 for her contributions.

Her stories have gone as far as Afghanistan. 

“They went like wildfire because troops were just scampering to have reading material and veterans voices was exactly what they needed to read to share other veterans stories on veterans past,” Jones said.

Moving leaves no time or money to print this year’s second edition. 

“We've never not published before,” said Chansky. “This is a big step for us, but this was a big blow to us."

Chansky has received a number of letters from contributors and loyal readers urging them not close down. 

“Because a lot of times until they write this, their family didn't know the things they went through,” she said.

Chansky is hopeful she and the other 11 board members will find an affordable office space to rent out.

They had just spent several hundred dollars making brand new letterheads that, come the end of the month, will be obsolete. 

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