To the Editor;
Manchester Community Library and Vermont PBS recently teamed up to present a film screening of the PBS film "Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History" as part of the PBS Film & Discussion Series held at the Library.
Following the film, four local veterans, injured while in service to our country, led an enlightening discussion. Our gratitude goes out to Bruce Charbonneau, Pete Gaiotti, Dave Matteson, and Phil Young for their candid and insightful contributions to the discussion. Representing military conflicts in Vietnam, Somalia, and the Middle East, they all did a superb job of helping the civilians in attendance understand and appreciate the sacrifices involved in military service. By sharing their personal experiences, we learned more about VA medical services, particularly about the skilled and compassionate medical staff at Vermont's VA Hospital. In addition, Bruce, Dave, Pete, and Phil offered helpful advice to those contemplating a military career.
The post-film dialog spearheaded by these local veterans heightened the viewer's experience of this fascinating and well-done film, elevating it from a film screening to a community building experience.
Adult Programming Coordinator, Manchester Community Library