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Albuquerque, March 23, 2015– In a unique collaboration, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Museum of the American Military Family to offer Talking Service, a new reading and discussion program for veterans to reflect on their service and the transition to civilian life. The program will take place in April.

At the Hispano Chamber of Commerce, veterans will come together over the course of four sessions to discuss a variety of readings about military service. Each piece of literature from the anthology Standing Down is a jumping off point for vets to reflect on their own experiences in the military and returning home. The discussions will be facilitated by Caroline LeBlanc, Writer in Residence of the Museum of the American Military Family.

Talking Service is free and open to past and present members of the Armed Forces. For more information about the program and how to join, please contact Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, Executive Director , Museum of the American Military Family at 505 504-6830

Talking Service at the Hispano Chamber of Commerce is part of a national initiative by the Great Books Foundation and state humanities councils to offer veterans the opportunity to reflect on their service and talk openly about their challenges and future aspirations. It is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities Standing Together initiative, which encourages humanities programs that focus on the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service. The Great Books Foundation donated copies of Standing Down to state humanities councils, who in turn provide the textbooks to participating veterans in their states.

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