America has been at war for more than a decade. Those who serve, their families, and civilians at home all experience wartime differently, and the gaps in understanding each other's perspectives can be huge. Beginning this December, Portland-area veterans, family members of veterans, and civilians are invited to join a small group (twenty-five people or fewer) for a free, six-month reading, writing, and discussion group. War Stories is an opportunity to come together to explore the experience of military service, wartime, and the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life through talking and reflection.
Participants will read selections of poems, essays, and memoir from veterans and writers from the Civil War through the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that cover themes such as patriotism, loyalty, ethics, homecoming, and family. There will also be prompts for participants to write about and reflect on their own experiences and impressions of war.
The program will take place the first Tuesday of each month, December 6, 2016, through May 2, 2017, at American Legion Post 134, 2104 NE Alberta St., Portland, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
War Stories is presented in partnership with American Legion Post 134 and will be moderated by a facilitator, Sean Davis, who is a veteran and published author. Materials and a meal will be provided at each session.
To learn more about the program and register, contact Sean Davis at (503) 679-3885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program has received major support from the National Endowment for the Humanities' Standing Together initiative, created to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.
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Vietnam War Veteran, US Army, 1968-70
Tom Keating | October 2017 | Needham MA