Yes! The whole point of Vets Town Halls is to increase communication and understanding between veterans and civilians in their communities.
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 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.
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 these events are not rehearsed.
Generally speaking, after all veterans who want to speak have done so, the event is over.
Thank you for your interest in these events! Your help getting the word out and sharing the import of these events is invaluable. Given the deeply personal nature of the speakers’ comments, we ask that you please respect the privacy of these veterans by checking in with the event host and/or with the veterans themselves if they want to be on the record. Each speaker has the option of having the media turn their video cameras off – and, of course, to remain unnamed. We also ask that any videotaping should be done as unobtrusively as possible.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and so we can connect you with your local event organizer.
The idea behind a Vets Town Hall is to give vets of all eras a chance to address the community directly and without intermediaries. As a speaker at a Vets Town Hall, you will be given up to 10 minutes to talk about what it was like to serve your country. All perspectives are valued.
We ask that speakers focus on their own individual experiences, reflections, and insights (rather than speaking on behalf of others or an organization). Please also keep in mind that these events are non-political and non-commercial.
Attendees are asked to refrain from responding to any speaker at any time. There will be no debate on the merits or justifications of war, no recriminations or accusations.
If you are a veteran who would like to register to speak, you find information on your local town hall here. Registration is optional, but does help organizers plan. If you’re considering speaking but would prefer not to register, we encourage you to attend. After all pre-registered speakers go, the host will take speakers from the floor, time permitting. The goal is for every veteran who would like to speak to have a chance to. Of course, veterans are also welcome simply to attend and listen.
While all veterans are welcome to speak, veterans (and community members) are also welcome to simply attend and listen.
Absolutely. All community members are welcomed to these events, and speakers and attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend with friends, family, and others who may offer support.
Many events will also have peer support present. Please contact your local event organizer for details.