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WDEV Interview with VTH board member Jon Turner

“When you have the opportunity to find common ground and to sit and to listen to the other’s experience, and to do so without judgement, that’s really when you can build a community…”

Jon Turner, Vets Town Hall board member and emcee, spoke with WDEV host Brad Ferland about his transition from military to civilian life, and about building community through Vets Town Halls.

VTH 2023 Oct-Nov map

19 Events in 9 States

This fall, veterans will be invited to speak about what their service means to them, and all community members are encouraged to attend and listen, at events in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington. These events are spearheaded by local organizers with the aim of increasing understanding and creating connections between veterans and non-veterans in their communities.

Boston Globe VTH article Dec 2022

The Boston Globe: Veterans reach out about their needs, one town at a time

“War is one of the most unique experiences in the world, and it’s an experience that is incredibly hard to understand unless you’ve been there.” Vets Town Halls are intended to help bridge that gap. “It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal or conservative, gay or straight, rich or poor” in combat, Junger said. “And in…

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The Guardian: ‘A sacred space’: Sebastian Junger and Seth Moulton on Vets Town Hall

“In this ‘dire time of polarisation’, Junger said, Vets Town Hall might provide ‘kind of a sacred space. I’m an atheist, but I use the word sacred all the time. It’s a sacred space in the sense that ordinary life is suspended and here we are in this place, and we’re honoring something, and we’re…

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VTDigger: Bestselling author Sebastian Junger registers nonprofit for veterans in Vermont

By starting Vets Town Hall, Junger said, he hopes to reinforce the connection between veterans and their communities. “We are of one nation and we’re doing this together, and the people that actually pulled the triggers were sent there by us.” …[Fellow board member Jon] Turner said storytelling plays a central role in veterans’ events…

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Boston Globe: We need a new narrative for the Afghanistan War

Dan Vallone, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, writes, “We forge new narratives by challenging what we think we know about the war, not with facts, dates, and figures, but with stories: of hardship and lost friends; of triumphs small and profound; and of pride, confusion, anger, and alienation. We can begin by holding town…