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Veterans share stories of service at town hall event

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…


Virtual Vets Town Hall 2020

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

“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.”

(L-R) Veterans Lena R. Airoldi (Nielsen) and Maureen L. Dwyer spoke about their service at the Veterans Town Hall event at St. Michael’s College. Dwyer served as a military nurse and Airoldi served in the air force.

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Veterans share intimate stories at town hall

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.



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…


Congressman Seth Moulton hosts fourth annual Veterans Town Hall in Marblehead

“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