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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day – Nov. 8, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut praised the arts’ ability to help him make sense of his World War II experience. Vonnegut’s novel, Slaughterhouse Five, gave Kurt the chance to tell his story. On November 8, 2014  from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Indianapolis’s Central Library, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library invites veterans to learn about the arts and tell their story. Reclaiming Armistice Day encourages veterans to explore the arts and the humanities in an effort to heal emotional wounds associated with combat trauma. The event features an arts resource fair, a panel discussion and career support for veterans. From 2:00- 4:00 p.m., the arts resource fair will provide educational resources from organizations such as the Herron School of Art, Veterans Antiquities and Elderheart.  From 3:00-4:00p.m., in the main auditorium, NPR Correspondent, Kelly McEvers ,will moderate a discussion that allows veterans to share perspectives from their experiences. The panel will feature guests such as Jim Brown from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs; Olivia Cobiskey,an active-duty Army captain and Iraq war veteran, and others. Following the program, Central Library staff will help facilitate job searches for veterans. See for more details.