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Charles Sheehan-Miles

Agent: Nina Graybill, Graybill & English
Vienna, Virginia, United States


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Charles Sheehan-Miles wrote Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War following his service as a loader on a M1A1 tank during the Gulf War. A regular speaker on issues relating to the Gulf War, ill veterans and the impact of sanctions on the civilian population of Iraq, Charles has been on the forefront of the fight to assist veterans of the Gulf War.

Sheehan-Milesí compelling war experiences have been profiled the New Yorker, the New York Times, 24 Hours in Cyberspace; in documentaries such as Discovery Channel's Inside the Kill Box: Fighting the Gulf War, and in books such as Tuskers: An Armor Battalion in the Gulf War and Gassed in the Gulf by Patrick Eddington.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, after graduating high school he traveled in the West Bank and Gaza for half a year while researching a novel. On his return he attended Georgia State University for one quarter, then enlisted in the United States Army.

Sheehan-Miles served as a loader in a tank company with the 24th Infantry Division during the Persian Gulf War, then returned to the United States, where he was stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. A few months after the war he applied for Conscientious Objector status and spent the next year fighting to get it. In September 1992 he was honorably discharged as a CO and moved to Alexandria, Virginia.

In the next two years Sheehan-Miles lived in Washington, Atlanta and Boston, where he worked in a variety of fields. From early 1994 he was active with Gulf War veteransí organizations, eventually becoming Executive Director of the National Gulf War Resource Center ( from June 1995 to December 1996. In that capacity he testified before Congress and Presidential Advisory Committees on several occasions. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of the Resource Center and frequently speaks on topics related to the Gulf War, ill veterans and the warís impact on the civilian population of Iraq.
He is currently employed as an IT professional in northern Virginia, where he lives with his wife Veronica and their children, Khalil and Amirah.

Charles can be contacted by email:

Interests: Iraq, Gulf War, fiction

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War