We’re working on scheduling Vets Town Halls for 2022, and will post them here as dates are set. If you’d like to receive email updates on future events, please click here to sign up. If you’d like to organize a Vets Town Hall in your hometown, support and resources are available. Please contact Kristen at vtvetstownhall@gmail.com to find out more.

At the September 2021 Burlington Vets Town Hall at Ethan Allen Homestead. Photo courtesy of Megan Humphrey.

At a Vets Town Hall, veterans of any era who served in any capacity are invited to stand before their community and speak for up to ten minutes about what it was like to serve their country. Non-veterans are encouraged to attend and listen. These events are non-political, and all perspectives are valued. There will be no debate on American foreign policy. We will simply listen and learn about what it was like to serve in the wars that this nation has chosen to fight.

Vets Town Halls were originated by author Sebastian Junger (War, Tribe) with the aim of increasing communication and understanding between veterans and civilians in their communities. The first event of this kind in Vermont was held in November 2017 in Burlington.

David Carlson speaking at the June 2021 Vets Town Hall in Middlesex, VT. Photo courtesy of Amos Eaton.

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 or are looking to attend in another state, 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 with Kristen at vtvetstownhall@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions.