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Talking Service Is for You!

You’ve done your military service and had experiences that can be hard to talk about with family and friends at home. Would you value the chance to get together with other veterans—your peers—to talk about issues and ideas that are on your mind? Then Talking Service, a reading and discussion program that uses powerful literature to start and keep the conversation going, is for you.

Talking Service features:

•  Discussions focused on stories, essays, personal accounts, and poetry written by some of the best authors around—many of them veterans themselves.

•  Skilled discussion leaders who will help you listen actively and speak up about your experiences in the service and about the challenges of returning to civilian life.

•  Conveniently located meeting sites such as Veterans’ Service Centers.

The centerpiece of Talking Service is Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, published by the Great Books Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization. For more information, e-mail

Talking Service is supported by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Plante-Moran Company. Since 1947, the Great Books Foundation has been creating opportunities for people of all ages to participate in discussion-based learning activities.