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(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

Veterans share war experiences

Veterans share war experiences (Editor’s pick)

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.

Jon Turner and Kyle Aines

What Matters This Week: Jon Turner and Kyle Aines

The two veterans talked with Lauren about a series of veteran town halls in Vermont.


Vermont: Veterans share stories and memories with community

Local vets shared stories and memories about their time in service at the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael’s College in Colchester.

“You know I’ve been out of combat since 2006, and it’s something that I still think about regularly; I think that it’s not every really gonna go away, but your relationship to that moment to that experience is what changes,” said Jon Turner, a veteran who attended the Colchester event.