I was honored to conduct a very special training In May for Talking Service, the Great Books Foundation’s nationwide reading and discussion program for veterans. I was joined by nine enthusiastic participants from humanities councils and special interest groups across the nation, supported by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. During the training, the participants learned to conduct small discussion groups focusing on outstanding literature about military service from GBF’s anthology, Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian. As we move into 2019, GBF is committed to extending the reach of Talking Service and our service to those who served and helping them come to grips with some of their most deeply affecting experiences.

Michael J. Elsey

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