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Veterans Town Hall

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Rep. Moulton is continuing the Veterans Town Hall tradition this year with a virtual zoom meeting that will also be shared on Facebook Live.

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The first Vets Town Hall was held on Veterans Day 2015. The idea, conceived by author Sebastian Junger, was simple but powerful: to provide a forum for veterans to share the pride, grief, or quiet appreciation of life that war bestowed upon them and for non-veterans to listen and to learn.

Moulton, a Marine combat veteran, hosted the first Veterans Town Hall in Marblehead, Massachusetts -- held in historic Abbott Hall, the community’s town hall and gathering place for nearly 150 years. Several hundred local residents turned out to hear the unique stories of nearly two dozen veterans. These community forums establish greater understanding between local veterans and the friends and neighbors they served. These veterans represented every branch of the military and every military conflict dating back to World War II. The oldest storyteller, Bill Needleman, was a 100-year old Army Air Corps veteran who participated in the Normandy invasion on D-Day.

Veterans Town Halls give veterans of all wars a chance to address their community directly and without intermediaries. A veteran speaking at a Veteran Town Hall will look out over a crowd that has many familiar faces in it, as well as complete strangers. These are the people they risked their life for. These are the people they went to war for. No one goes to war and returns home unaffected. It’s not fair—or healthy—for veterans to be left alone with these burdens. They belong to all of us.

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