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Veterans’ Day Town Meeting

Public Forum to Address Veterans’ Homefront Issues
The focus of the public forum is designed to help veterans coping with
the aftermath of wartime military service.

November 11, 2009
Doors open at 7pm, Event begins at 7:30pm

Hoboken High School, 800 Clinton St.

Admission is free.

  • includes screening of film “Leave No Soldier” by Donna Bassin
  • a staged reading from a new play, �Flashback” written by Penny Coleman
  • a panel discussion with the audience, focusing on ideas and programs
    for helping veterans and their families handle war-related problem

The panel will include veterans, representatives of organizations that assist veterans,
filmmaker
Donna Bassin & author Penny Coleman.

Veterans on the panel include:

  • Jim Fallon, Hoboken Vietnam veteran;
  • Jose Vasquez, New York Iraq veteran;
  • Roy Huelbig, Hoboken World War II veteran
  • Jan Barry, coeditor of �Winning Hearts & Minds: War Poems by Vietnam Veterans�
    and a founder of one of the first Vietnam veteran support groups.

The event, sponsored by Acting Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City of Hoboken along with Projected Images of Hudson County and ShrinkWrap Productions, will include a showing of �Leave No Soldier,� an award-winning documentary about veterans helping one another deal with troubling war memories. The event will also include a staged reading from a new play, �Flashback,� about the circles of trauma that expand outward when the emotional wounds of soldiers are not acknowledged and cannot be healed.

�Flashback� was created by Penny Coleman, Elana Michelson and Patricia Lee Stotter based on the book, Flashback, by Coleman. It explores issues of post-traumatic stress injuries from the point of view of widows of Vietnam veterans who committed suicide. The reading will be presented by actress Anne O’Sullivan, who has performed numerous roles in Broadway, off-Broadway and regional productions, TV and films.

�Leave No Soldier,� directed and produced by Donna Bassin, documents emotional journeys by two groups of veterans�Rolling Thunder, Inc. and Veterans For Peace/Iraq Veterans Against the War�that transformed a military oath from the battlefield to social activism. The two groups are divided by their politics, but united in devotion to their pledge to �leave no fallen soldier behind.� Bassin is a psychologist who aided 9/11 rescue workers and survivors of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

�Supporting our troops requires more than welcoming them home, but also listening and responding to their concerns,� Bassin said in offering her film for showings at Veterans Day town meetings around the country. �A big concern for many soldiers and their families is how to handle the transition back to civilian life. A big concern for many older veterans and their loved ones is how to handle the emotional distress of flashbacks set off by current events.”

�Among the most emotional of times for war veterans is Veterans Day,� she continued. �Community support is not complicated, but requires a welcoming space where veterans and family members can speak candidly and get feedback, and perhaps useful information and contacts, from a supportive audience.�

Hoboken is accessible by PATH, NJ Transit trains and buses,�NY Waterway ferries and the Hudson Bergen Lightrail.

Funding has been made possible in part by a Block Grant from the State/County Partnership Program for the Arts administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Tom DeGise, County Executive & the Board of Chosen Freeholders

Special thanks to the Hoboken Board of Education and
Hoboken American Legion Post 107 for their support of this program.

For further information:
www.leavenosoldier.com
www.flashbackhome.com/play.html