Virtual Veterans Town Hall
Wednesday, November 11, from 7 PM to 8 PM
There will be a virtual Veterans Town Hall with veterans sharing their experiences of war. Sponsored by Congressman Seth Moulton (MA-6th District), the event is inspired by the writing of war correspondent Sebastian Junger.
The public will have the opportunity to listen through Zoom by registering in advance or watch live stream on Congressman Moulton’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RepMoulton.
Congressman Seth Moulton held the first Veterans Town Hall in Marblehead, MA, where veterans of all wars shared their stories with a live audience, who listened without debate or questioning and carried home in their hearts what they had heard.
Junger, author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging, has written of the tremendous disconnect veterans experience returning to a society that has not directly endured war and does not understand the burdens or strong bonds created in warfare. He suggests that a healthier society would do more than say, “Thank you for your service.” It would help carry the burden of war by listening to the wide range of experiences of those who have fought – the defining moment of one’s life, a chance to prove oneself, the devastating loss of a buddy, anger, physical and emotional pain, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Moulton and Junger both suggest that the best way to honor veterans, in addition to the various veterans’ benefits, is annually to hold Veterans Town Halls in communities throughout the nation on Veterans Day, November 11. Congressman Moulton’s office has a Field Manual available that provides all the resources needed to organize a Veterans Town Hall.