By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
“War Stories” is a free, six-month reading, writing and discussion group for veterans, family members of veterans and civilians, presented by Oregon Humanities, an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The project is an opportunity to explore the experience of military service, wartime and the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life through talking and reflection.
Up to 25 people will meet from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, continuing on the first Tuesday of the month through May 2, 2017.
They will meet at the American Legion Post 134 at 2104 N.E. Alberta St., which is a partner in the project. The facilitator will be Sean Davis, a veteran and published author. Materials and a meal will be provided at each session.
Information and registration is available with Davis at (503) 679-3885 or moc.l1487908098iamg@1487908098333dp1487908098s1487908098.
According to information from Oregon Humanities, participants will read selections of poems, essays and memoir from veterans and writers from the Civil War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These cover themes of patriotism, loyalty, ethics, homecoming and family. Participants also will have prompts to write about their own experiences and impressions of war.
The National Endowment for the Humanities’ “Standing Together” initiative has been created to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans. Oregon Humanities has presented similar programs in the past.