(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

COLCHESTER — Veterans shared stories with community members at a town hall event at Saint Michael’s College in honor of the approaching Veterans Day holiday.

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.

The town hall event, held on Sunday, Nov. 3, was organized by Kristen Eaton, with support from the Community College of Vermont and St. Michael’s College Military Community Services and Student Veteran Association.

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