San Leandro Public Library is hosting a panel discussion with local veteran leaders as part of the War Comes Home initiative. War Comes Home is a multi-year initiative by Cal Humanities that focuses on the experience of veterans returning from war to “bring communities together with veterans and their families, writers, and historians for thoughtful reflection and lively discussion in the aftermath of more than 12 years of war.”
The panel discussion hosted by the San Leandro Public Library is sponsored by California Reads, a program of Cal Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. This program will focus on the veteran experience; aiming to increase public understanding and empathy for those who have served; as well as spark a public discussion about how society can best support the process of reincorporating veterans into the fabric of civilian life.
When: Friday, October 10, 2014
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: San Leandro Public Library
300 Estudillo Avenue
San Leandro, CA
With a veteran population comprising 7.4% of the city’s total population, San Leandro has a long tradition of honoring veterans through parades and holidays. What is lacking however is a much needed discussion about the responsibilities of, and our responsibilities to, veterans in the community. San Leandro Public Library aims to correct this through programs targeting veterans, children and young adults, and women readers who might be reluctant to read a “war story.”
The San Leandro Public Library has invited a number of local veteran leaders to lead a panel discussion on what is being done to help veterans break through the barriers they often face in their transition to the civilian world, and what is currently being undertaken in the Bay Area to support our veterans.
Admission for this event is FREE, and pre-registration is not required.
For more information about Cal Humanities War Comes Home, visit www.calhum.org/initiatives/war-comes-home.
Kevin C. Miller served in the United States Marine Corps infantry from 2002-2006 with multiple deployments to Iraq. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Recreation Administration and a minor in Business Administration.
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