From USA Today: How to talk to veterans on Memorial Day — and every day

Thanks to Edmonds resident Bob Rinehart for suggesting we share this video from USA Today, as we approach Memorial Day.

In this video clip, war reporter Sebastian Junger and Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes discuss how to talk to soldiers returning from combat. Junger and Marlantes explore the challenges of war and coming home in their new PBS Special, Going to War, premiering May 28.

3 Replies to “From USA Today: How to talk to veterans on Memorial Day — and every day”

  1. Thank you very much for posting,Teresa. This video clip by two important authors effectively captures and articulates a key part of the vision for the plaza:

    EVP Vision:
    The Edmonds Veterans Plaza will be a place where veterans connect with each other, coming together to find ways to heal themselves and each other. They will find strength and comfort from opportunities to remember comrades, and share stories about their experiences. It will also serve as a venue where veterans and non-veterans can engage in dialogues. The venue will be appealing and attractive to all members of the community who will come to the plaza to listen, share their own thoughts and all will walk away with greater understanding and appreciation of each other.


  2. Thanks for that video about how to approach this. The captions really help and they’re much appreciated.


  3. Im a millenial veteran depending who you ask (1980).
    I remember my high school, the institutions, lauding the college bound. No matter what the post secondary education was, it was good. There were no job prospects where I grew up, lots of welfare, so I saw the military as a way of getting someone else to pay me to leave. I remember thinking that I was taking the Oath with the loser table at lunch, because none of us enlisting were white colar, while the winners were off to get more schooling. I sympathize with the Vietnam vets in that they fought a war that society didnt support, they were drafted. Lets face it, most of society seems to support war making now, so its not the same as the 60’s. Obama destroyed Libya for no legal reason and the same who hated Bush for doing it to Iraq are apologists for the human rights catastrophe in Libya and Yemen. Everyone “supports the troops” when it’s politically convenient, but it’s fighting done by the poorer class, by those who had fewer options. The millennial generation of veterans are constantly reminded that saying you’re a veteran will get you a “thank you for your service”, but it also signals that you’re lower class and sometimes best to be avoided or looked over. I advise veterans to eventually take it off your resume, to stop taking about it, lest you want to reminded of your station in life. It is a shock leaving something where you thought you were important.


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