Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 8th, 2020 in Colchester, Rutland, and St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Veterans are invited to speak, unscripted, about what their service means to them – to share 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 and to listen.
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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 in Burlington. In November 2018, Veterans Town Hall events were held in both Burlington and Rutland. November 2019 brought events in three locations: Colchester, Rutland, and St. Johnsbury.
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