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Connecting Across Veteran Experiences
Veterans in Jefferson Community College's Dialogues on the Experience of War program visited Washington, D.C. Image courtesy of JCC.

With funding from the NEH, faculty at Jefferson Community College (JCC) designed a course for veteran students that would offer them the chance to build camaraderie and reflect on their military experiences. Dialogues of Honor and Sacrifice: Soldiers’ Experiences in the Civil War and the Vietnam War, part of the Dialogues on the Experience of War program, was offered to 15 students in 2018. Veterans took a trip to Washington, D.C., then read works about the Civil and Vietnam Wars, and discussed themes of honor and sacrifice. Ultimately, this Dialogues program offered veterans a much-desired opportunity to connect with and learn from others, while fostering self-reflection.

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