Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day is a panel discussion event moderated by NPR National Correspondent Kelly McEvers, part of the Spirit & Place Festival and sponsored by the Vonnegut Memorial Library, on Saturday November 8. The theme of this event merges the world of the arts with military service, namely how reaching to the arts and humanities helps vets cope with combat and service related issues post discharge, once life after war has commenced. I am honored to be joining in as emcee at this meaningful event as a marine mom, in honor of my son who served and in honor of all the sons and daughters who serve. Do What You Have to Do, my essay published in This I Believe - On Motherhood (2012), and my HuffPost article In Support of Art as Alternate Non-Violent Means of Expression expound on my platform, which has afforded me this wonderful opportunity. After thanking sponsors and before introducing our esteemed moderator, I will have a precious opportunity to share my story and cause.
My goal is to help build on this nuanced awareness, which is intended to walk hand-in-hand with increased mental health awareness and proactivity.