“This group is perhaps THE key for returning veterans to reintegrate into society. All veterans would benefit. The country, community, and families will benefit.”
Registration is now open for our 2019 veterans’ program, Completing the Odyssey: A Journey Home, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Community and Connection
Join veterans and civilians every Tuesday, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, from September 17th – October 29th for a 7-session discussion program to explore themes of community and connection raised in Tribe by Sebastian Junger and Homer’s The Odyssey. Location to be determined.
There is no fee to participate in either program.
History of the Touchstones®-NEH Veterans Program
This is the second grant Touchstones received from the NEH for discussion programs designed for veterans. In 2017, with funding from the NEH, Touchstones launched Completing the Odyssey: A Journey Home, which brought veterans together to connect meaningfully through inclusive discussion exploring the struggles and victories encountered in their return to civilian life. That program was offered again in 2018 with a new group of veterans. Following those successful pilots, Touchstones applied for a second grant from the NEH to replicate that program and to expand veteran’s programming with a new veteran-civilian discussion program that will also begin this fall.
“Touchstones is unprecedented in what it is doing, combining pragmatism with intellectual pursuit – it needs as much support as is available.”
Veterans History Project
An optional component of Completing the Odyssey: A Journey Home is the opportunity to engage with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, which “collects and preserves personal stories and other original materials from America’s war veterans” for posterity. That collection is housed at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. For more information about the mission of the Veterans History Project, please visit www.loc.gov/vets. In the 2017-2018 round of veterans programming, five projects were submitted to the Veterans History Project in conjunction with Touchstones programming.
“Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.”