Q: I’m not a veteran. May I attend?
Yes! All community members are welcome. Only veterans will speak, but non-veterans are encouraged to attend, to listen, and to learn.
Q: I’m a veteran and am interested in speaking. Could you tell me more about the event?
Each veteran will be given up to 10 minutes to speak about what his or her service means to them. Our goal is for every veteran who would like to speak to have a chance to, and we’ll do our best to make that happen.
There will be no question-and-answer period, debate on the merits or justifications of war, recriminations or accusations. This is simply a chance for veterans to tell their community what it felt like to go to war. All perspectives are valued and important, and the event is non-political.
Veterans who would like to speak can mark that preference when registering.
Q: I spoke at last year’s event. May I speak again this year?
Yes, veterans are welcome to speak multiple years in a row.
Q: What are the guidelines for attendees?
Throughout the event, you may hear something you agree or disagree with. You may have a question. Or you may want to say encouraging words with the intention to help. However, we ask that you please refrain from responding to any speaker at any time. There will be no question-and-answer period, debate on the merits or justifications of war, recriminations or accusations. This is simply a chance for veterans to tell their community what it felt like to go to war. All perspectives are valued and important.
It’s okay to leave the auditorium and come back. This isn’t a performance; it’s a public gathering, and the aim is that it be respectful but relaxed.
Parents: Your children are welcome to attend with you, but when deciding whether or not to bring them, please be aware that speakers will address serious topics and that this is not a rehearsed event.
Q: How can I learn more about the Veterans’ Town Hall initiative and how to start one in my hometown?
The first Veterans’ Town Hall of this sort was held in Marblehead, MA, in 2015. Click here to learn more about that event, and for information on how to start a Veterans’ Town Hall. These events were conceived by author Sebastian Junger. Click here to read the Vanity Fair article where he first discussed these events.
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