02/14/18 4:30pm
MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

MELISSA MUNDY PHOTO | Gold Star Mother Chrys Kestler and veterans Jim Colligan, Howard Jackson, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck during a recent rehearsal of The Telling Project at the Shelter Island School.

This is Part II of a two-part series. The first installment ran in the February 8, 2018 edition of the Reporter. A link to that story can be found below.

Four Shelter Island veterans — Howard Jackson, James Colligan, Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck — and one Gold Star Mother, Chrys Kestler, whose son Joe Theinert was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, will take the stage at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday to share stories of their military experience. The presentation is part of The Telling Project, a national non-profit that brings the tales of veterans to the stage in order to deepen civilian understanding of the military and its personnel.

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02/08/18 3:56pm
ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Army veteran James Colligan, and former Marines Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck rehearse for The Telling Project, which will be offered at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on February 16.

ANNETTE HINKLE PHOTO | Army veteran Jim Colligan, and former Marines Michael (Zack) Mundy and Tom Spotteck rehearse for The Telling Project, which will be offered at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater on February 16.

(This is Part I of a two-part series and ran in the February 8, 2018 edition of the Reporter.  The second installment will appear in the February 15, 2018 edition.)

The stories of the men and women who deploy with the military are as varied as the individuals themselves and the conflicts in which they serve.

But often the issues and intricacies of military life are not something that people outside the armed services can easily understand. Enter The Telling Project, a national non-profit organization that brings the experience of veterans to the stage in order to deepen civilian understanding of the military and its personnel. Since 2014, the Joseph J. Theinert Memorial Fund (JJTMF), which was created in honor of 1st Lt. Theinert after he was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010, has been partnering with The Telling Project to put local veterans and Gold Star family members in front of East End audiences to share their stories. (more…)

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11/05/15 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Alex Mallory, center, directing Bob Rattcliff, left, and Dave Clark at a rehearsal for ‘The Telling Project,’ to be performed on Shelter Island this weekend.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Alex Mallory, center, directing Bob Rattcliff, left, and Dave Clark at a rehearsal for ‘The Telling Project,’ to be performed on Shelter Island this weekend.

On Saturday, November 7, a group of local veterans and military family members will stand before an audience and share their raw, sometimes funny and often heartbreaking stories of service and sacrifice in the U.S. military.

Called “The Telling Project,” and just in time for Veterans Day, it’s much more than the sum of its seven parts. (more…)

08/19/14 3:02pm
JOANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | Chrystyna Kestler talks about the latest efforts to enure the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch in New Mexico becomes a reality for active troops and veterans and their families and Gold Star family members who have lost relatives in war. Behind her is a tulip tree that was an anonymous gift to her in the wake of the death of her son, First Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert in Afghanistan in June 2010.

JOANN KIRKLAND PHOTO |
Chrystyna Kestler talks about the latest efforts to enure the Strongpoint Theinert Ranch in New Mexico becomes a reality for active troops and veterans and their families and Gold Star family members who have lost relatives in war. Behind her is a tulip tree that was an anonymous gift to her in the wake of the death of her son, First Lieutenant Joseph J. Theinert in Afghanistan in June 2010.

When Chrystyna Kestler initially conceived of creating a ranch where active service members, veterans and Gold Star families could find respite and rehabilitation for a week at no cost, she picked land she and her husband owned in Magdalena, New Mexico. (more…)