In the Media

‘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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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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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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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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CONGRESSMAN SETH MOULTON PAYS TRIBUTE TO MILITARY VETERANS IN MARBLEHEAD

Nov 11, 2019
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MARBLEHEAD — Emotions were raw as Congressman Seth Moulton brought his Veterans Town Hall back to where it all began Saturday at Abbot Hall. “Of course we are here to honor veterans and to thank them for their incredible service to this country, but it’s also a message to non-veterans out there that veterans appreciate…

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Congressman Seth Moulton hosts fourth annual Veterans Town Hall in Marblehead

Nov 10, 2019
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“This is literally the most meaningful thing I’ve done as a member of Congress, is to start this tradition of Veterans Town Halls,” Moulton said. “The first one was three years ago here in Marblehead and now they’ve spread across the country.”–Seth Moulton

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Veterans share war experiences (Editor’s pick)

Nov 6, 2019
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The volunteer speakers at Rutland’s Veterans’ Town Hall Nov. 3 were men who served in wars in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. They didn’t speak about heroism, or the excitement of combat, about brotherhood or about victory against the enemy — they told personal stories mostly about personal damage and about the hell of war.

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