(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…)