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October 22nd, 2015
Washington, DC – Iraq War veteran and Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) will bring a first-of-its-kind veterans event to Massachusetts on Veterans Day, November 11th. Inspired by acclaimed author and director Sebastian Junger, the event is a community forum aiming to establish greater understanding between local veterans and the friends and neighbors they served.
WHO: Congressman Seth Moulton, Sebastian Junger, Professor Andrew Bacevich
WHAT: Veterans Day Town Hall
WHEN: November 11 | 11.00a – 2.00p
WHERE: Abbot Hall, 188 Washington St, Marblehead, MA
In a June 2015 Vanity Fair article, Junger highlighted the challenges of post-traumatic stress among veterans. He suggested “making every town and city hall in the country available to veterans who want to speak publicly about the war.” Holding these community forums would “return the experience of war to our entire nation, rather than just leaving it to the people who fought.”
The first of these events in the nation will take place in Marblehead, Massachusetts, Moulton’s hometown, on Veterans Day.
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. Each veteran will be given up to 10 minutes to speak about what his or her service means to them through a story, summary of service, message, letter home, excerpt from a war journal, or even the story behind a photograph. Non-veterans are invited to attend, to listen, and to learn. Boston University Professor Andrew Bacevich, a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran, will facilitate the event.
Local veterans and non-veterans who would like to attend the event should register by clicking here. Veterans who would like to speak can also email Rep. Moulton’s office at TeamMoultonMA6@gmail.com. The press is invited to attend the event; however, veterans may request that reporters not record their testimony.
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