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Bowie author receives veteran writing awards People
Capital - 1/5/2020
Valerie Ormond, the author of "Believing In Horses" and "Believing In Horses, Too,"won two prestigious military and veteran writing awards in 2019. The Military Writer's Society of America presented Ormond the President's Award for exceptionally meritorious contributions to the organization at its 2019 annual membership conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
In December, at the Kentucky Horse Park, the EQUUS Film and Arts Festival awarded Ormond's "Believing In Horses, Too,"its Winnie Award for Best Veteran Fiction.
Ormond has volunteered with MWSA since 2013, helping lead veteran writing workshops, assisting with conference planning, and serving as a book awards judge. She also spearheaded MWSA's Ambassador Program to expand veteran writing workshops from a small cadre to volunteers across the country conducting free veteran writing workshops in their regions.
Ormond is a 25-year Navy veteran, the spouse of a veteran, and the daughter of a veteran. She used those experiences to write the fictional "Believing In Horses, Too," about a young girl in a military family who matures through her experiences with horses, people and equine therapy. Ormond grew up in Bowie, Maryland, and currently lives there. Her fictional books are set in Bowie.
Caption: Maryland author Valerie Ormond won two veteran-related writing awards in 2019. Ormond photographed with her Military Writers Society of America President's Award.