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Stories about Veterans Book Groups
The mastermind behind the vision of Mi Vida, Mi Voz (My Life, My Voice) is a 17-year-old senior at Hinesburg High School, Lena Ashooh of Shelburne. Her project aims to draw attention to Vermont’s migrant community and to rural youth through annual workshops.
Vermont Humanities recently gave a $3,000 grant to Norwich University to support the “Trauma, Veterans, and Shakespeare” project, which will explore how literature and theatre can help veterans find resilience in the face of trauma.
Valley News writer Nicola Smith attended two sessions of a Veterans Book Group for women. “I knew there were women in the military, but I hadn’t really met any or listened to them talk about their experiences,” said Smith, who lives in Tunbridge. “I thought the stories were so compelling that they would make a great theater piece.”
Carey Russ has helped facilitate two Veterans Book Groups for women at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. “The book groups have been by far the most popular programming we’ve done here,” she says.