At these events, veterans are invited to share what their service means to them through a story, summary of service, message, letter home, excerpt from a war journal, or even the story behind a photograph. Non-veterans are invited to attend, to listen, and to learn. For updates on future events in Vermont, please sign up for the email list in the sidebar of this page.
In a June 2015 Vanity Fair article, Sebastian Junger highlighted the challenges of post-traumatic stress among veterans. He suggested “making every town and city hall in the country available to veterans who want to speak publicly about the war.” He believed holding these community forums would “return the experience of war to our entire nation, rather than just leaving it to the people who fought.” U.S. Representative Seth Moulton (D-MA), a Marine combat veteran, hosted the first Veterans Town Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 2015.
The first event of this kind in Vermont was held in November 2017, at Burlington’s Contois Auditorium. In 2018, Veterans Town Hall events were hosted on November 4th in both Burlington and Rutland. Plans are being made for both locations for 2019, and there’s been interest elsewhere in the state.
If you’d like to learn more, check out the FAQ page and browse through the press coverage for previous events. If you’re interested in starting an event in your hometown, information and resources are available here. These events are only possible thanks to a generous amount of help and good advice: Find out some ways to get involved on the volunteer page, and visit this page to provide feedback. Please also don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or suggestions.