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Veterans Program

Book groups and related programs for Veterans.


Leah Kuehn
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051



Photo by Tim Byrne

Fall 2017 Veterans Book Groups

We are offering several book groups to all Maine Veterans / Former Service Members in the fall of 2017. Groups may focus on one longer text, like the Odyssey, or instead read selected short stories, novels, memoirs, historical texts, essays, or poems related to the experience of military service. Bangor: October 5 – November 9 | Thursdays 6-8pm… Read more

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Veterans Book Group

Words and the Divide: A Veteran’s Experience Facilitating Veterans Book Group

In the Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln questions whether words have the power to give meaning to the world. He argues that the company assembled at a Gettysburg cemetery cannot consecrate the ground because “the brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.” He… Read more

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How I Learned to Read the Odyssey

A colleague of mine once claimed that an epic poem is best understood as an extended meditation on a theme. I liked the idea and immediately tried to identify the themes of my favorites. Homer’s Iliad was easy: it’s an extended meditation on war. Virgil’s Aeneid can be read as an extended meditation on empire…. Read more

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Maine Military & Community Network gathers in Augusta

On July 21, 2016, MHC Director of Programs Lizz Sinclair and Program Assistant Leah Kuehn attended the 6th Annual Maine Military & Community Network (MMCN) Conference in Augusta, where over 250 people gathered from across the state. Working together with Veterans and Service Members, the goal of MMCN is to raise awareness about challenges faced by Service Members… Read more

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Last Days in Vietnam poster

Last Days in Vietnam

In April of 1975, the North Vietnamese Army was closing in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance was crumbling. Approximately 5,000 Americans remained with roughly 24 hours to get out. Their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends faced certain imprisonment and possible death if they remained behind, yet there was no official evacuation plan in place…. Read more

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Actress Tamara Clark in the spring 2014 production at History Theatre in St. Paul, MN.

The Lonely Soldier: Women at War in Iraq

A Documentary play by Helen Benedict, produced by the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine (HHRC) and Directed by Jeri Pitcher A Project of the HHRC in partnership with UMA’s Veteran Achievement Project, with support from UMA, The Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Humanities Council, and veteran services organizations and veterans across Maine. The Lonely Soldier: Women… Read more

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Redeployment book cover

“Redeployment” wins National Book Award

The short story collection Redeployment by Iraq Veteran Phil Klay recently won the National Book Award for Fiction. His essay “After War, A Failure of Imagination” and his short stories are important for the work we are doing in our Veterans programming. His interview by Terry Gross on Fresh Air is worth listening to. About Redeployment (from Terry Gross’s introduction… Read more

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