Veterans are invited to speak, unscripted, about what their service means to them, and the whole community is encouraged to attend, to listen, and to learn. This event, inspired by author Sebastian Junger, aims to establish a greater understanding between local veterans and the friends and neighbors they fought for.
In the tradition of warrior storytelling, veterans are invited to describe the pride, grief, rage, or quiet appreciation of life that the war bestowed upon them – to share a story, summary of service, message, letter home, excerpt from a war journal, or even the story behind a photograph.
Based on feedback from both speakers and attendees, this year there will be an optional question-and-answer period at the end of the event (only in Colchester).
Jon Turner will host the event. Jon served three deployments with the Marines between 2003-2007. Since his discharge, he has traveled extensively and worked with various communities to assist in the veteran reintegration process from paper-making to outdoor recreation. In 2014, Jon began to utilize the agricultural landscape as a classroom for community members interested in resilient food systems through service learning projects, internships, and site visits, for K-12, college students, and military veterans. Jon is the founding and former chair of the VT state chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, recipient of the National Farm to School Innovations Grant, Sierra Club Military Outings Leader, and currently operates Wild Roots Farm Vermont in Bristol.
The venue is sponsored by Saint Michael’s College Veteran and Military Community Services and Student Veteran Association. Additional support is provided by Community College of Vermont. Cabot Creamery Co-operative is donating snacks.
RSVPs are encouraged (but optional). Registration information will be posted by mid-September. (For updates, join the Facebook event or sign up for the e-newsletter at www.vtvetstownhall.org.) If you’re interested in speaking at this event, or have any questions, please contact email@example.com.