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.
Kyle Aines, who will host the Rutland Veterans Town Hall, grew up in the small mountain town of Tinmouth, Vermont. He joined the army in 2003 and served two tours in Iraq as a combat medic. He graduated from Castleton with a degree in criminal justice before joining Community College of Vermont as a Veteran & Military Resource Advisor. He has been with CCV since 2014 and his office is located in Rutland, although he travels throughout the state in this role.
This event is sponsored 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.