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‘What it’s like to go to war’: Veterans share their stories of service, suffering, levity (Cape Cod Times)

Nov 16, 2021
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HYANNIS — Tears streamed down Paula Smith’s face as she stood behind a podium, sharing her anguish over leaving her children when she served in Iraq in 2009. “I was so far away from my babies,” she said. “That was one thing I didn’t figure into my preparation for deployment. How would I make up the time that…

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Virtual Vets Town Hall 2021

Nov 12, 2021
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Rep. Seth Moulton hosted a virtual Vets Town Hall this year. You can watch the Facebook Live recording here.

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Veterans Town Hall creates space for listening and learning

Sep 22, 2021
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By Melissa Cooney, WCAX – Sep. 19, 2021 It takes courage to speak, it takes courage to listen. That’s the motto at the Vets Town Hall, which was hosted in Burlington Sunday afternoon. It’s the fourth and final event of its kind in Vermont this summer. At a town hall, all veterans are invited to…

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What Matters This Week: Jon Turner

Sep 12, 2021
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Lauren Maloney talks with Jon Turner about the Vermont Vets Town Halls held throughout the state over the summer. Watch this piece here.

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Vets Town Halls return after pandemic with first event at Camp Meade

Jul 16, 2021
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By Jennie Mull, Waterbury Roundabout The sweltering weekend heat and midday sunshine didn’t deter a dedicated collection of U.S. service veterans along with friends and community members from gathering recently on the lawn at Camp Meade in Middlesex for a unique storytelling event.  Veterans and audience members sat before the stage in plastic adirondack chairs…

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Veterans share stories of service at town hall event

Jul 16, 2021
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By Brianna Borghi, NBC5 – 6:20 PM EDT Jun 27, 2021 MIDDLESEX, Vt. — In Middlesex on Sunday, a town hall brought veterans and community members together to give vets an opportunity to share their experiences while serving our country. For some veterans, sharing their stories of service can be difficult. “What I’m trying to…

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Virtual Vets Town Hall 2020

Nov 12, 2020
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Rep. Seth Moulton continued the Vets Town Hall tradition with a virtual event this year. You can watch the Facebook Live recording here.

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Giving Back: Veterans Town Halls Encourage Sharing and Listening

Mar 12, 2020
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“Each year, I’m floored by the generosity and courage of the speakers at this event, and heartened by seeing so many community members willing to come and listen, with warmth and non-judgment,” wrote Eaton after Sunday’s Town Hall. Marty McMahon, who hosted the St. Johnsbury event, said it opened a conversation between veterans and civilians. “We listened to a wide range of perspectives on service and laid the groundwork for some great community dialogue in St. Johnsbury and the area.”

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Become a Vets Town Hall Organizer

Feb 28, 2020
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Use the form on this page to let us know about yourself and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can to find out more. We will contact you to find out more and answer any questions you might have. And THANK YOU!

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Veterans share intimate stories at town hall

Nov 13, 2019
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Some veterans discussed post-traumatic stress and the difficulties of reintegration; some talked about survivor’s guilt; others described combat in detail. While community members often seemed to hold their breath, eyes stinging and glued to the podium, the room also burst into laughter when confronted with stories of lost toes and being an army cook.

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