Date(s) - 11/11/2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Carbondale Civic Center
Carbondale to Hold Vets Town Hall
On November 11th, Veterans Day, at 1300, all community members are invited to a Vets Town Hall at Carbondale Civic Center. Veterans of any era who served in any capacity are invited to stand before their community and speak for up to ten minutes about what it was like to serve their country. Non-veterans are encouraged to attend and listen.
This event is non-political, and all perspectives are valued. There will be no question-and-answer period or debate on American foreign policy. Attendees will simply listen and learn about what it was like to serve in the wars this nation has chosen to fight.
“One of the hardest parts of my deployment to Iraq in 2003 was coming home to my community. No one understood what it was like for me to be deployed, and it was hard to explain my experience to them. When I read about the Veterans Town Hall idea in Sebastian Junger’s book ‘Tribes,’ I thought it would be a great way for Veterans to explain to their community what it was like for them to serve their country in the military. I hope that this event will help community members in our area to understand what Veterans go through while serving in the military.” –Levi Wampler
The Vets Town Hall is free to attend. Veterans who would like to speak can indicate that when registering. Time permitting, veterans are also welcome to sign up to speak during the event itself. RSVPs and questions may be directed to Levi Wampler at email@example.com.
Vets Town Halls were originated by author Sebastian Junger (War, Tribe) with the aim of increasing communication and understanding between veterans and civilians in their communities. The first event of this kind took place in Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 2015 and was led by U.S. Representative Seth Moulton, a Marine combat veteran.
What: Vets Town Hall: a community forum aiming to increase communication and understanding between local veterans and the community at large
When: Saturday, November 11th, Veterans Day, 1300
Where: Carbondale Civic Center
About the National Vets Town Hall initiative: www.vetstownhall.org