Summer 2021 Vets Town Halls

This summer, we’ll have four opportunities to gather – in person and outdoors – as communities to listen to veterans’ stories and reflections. RSVPs are optional, but encouraged; even if you’re not sure you’re going to attend, registering is a great way to make sure you get event updates (like a change of date in case of severe weather). Whether you RSVP or not, please join us. These events are free and open to all.

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.

2018 Burlington Veterans Town Hall host Jon Turner at Contois Auditorium. Photo courtesy of Thomas Shahan, Community College of Vermont.

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. Since then, Vets Town Halls have been held in Burlington, Colchester, Rutland, and St. Johnsbury.

2018 Burlington Veterans Town Hall. Photo Courtesy of Thomas Shahan, CCV.

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, 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.