What might you see? Problems expressing thoughts in writing Problems getting started with writing Writing the same words or phrase over and over (this is known as perseveration) How can you help? Practice writing skills with the service member or veteran. For example, write letters to friends or relatives. Make a list of openings (for example, Dear, Hello, Hi, etc.) and closings (such as Thank You, Sincerely, Yours Truly) and the reasons for selecting them. Suggest saying words out loud before writing them. Suggest reading what is written to make sure it makes sense. Encourage the service member or veteran to proofread what they’ve written.