Armed Service Veterans Share Stories During ‘Veterans Coffee and Conversations’

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Armed Service Veterans Share Stories During ‘Veterans Coffee and Conversations’
First Meeting of the Monthly Discussion Forum Held on Sept. 22, 2017 

(Las Vegas) – In efforts to continue to serve and provide educational resources to veterans and their families, Vegas PBS launched a new monthly discussion forum, Veterans Coffee and Conversations, featuring a roundtable of local Las Vegas veterans, military family members and veteran service organizations. The first meeting took place Friday, September 22 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Veterans Coffee and Conversations will take place every third Friday of each month. The next event will be held Friday, October 20 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Each discussion event will be facilitated by retired military officers as informal conversations with a wide range of topics including issues facing local veterans, resources available in our community, experiences of having served in the armed forces, and life after military. In conjunction with PBS’ Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary “The Vietnam War” that premiered September 17, the first two forums of Veterans Coffee and Conversations cover issues raised in the documentary.

“We’re committed to serving the veterans community in Southern Nevada,” said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell. “We want to continue to be the place where veterans can share their stories and find educational certifications to support their transition to civilian employment.”

During the first forum on September 22, several veterans spoke of the positive impact the “The Vietnam War” had on them. One veteran said, “This series shows a Vietnam I never knew. This is therapy.” Another said, “I want to thank PBS for this special. It helps me know what was going on. Thank you for putting this series on for me.”

During the premiere week of “The Vietnam War,” Vegas PBS featured “Stories of Service,” one-minute interstitials collected from interviews with local Las Vegas Vietnam War veterans including those from Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 17.

Additionally, Vegas PBS will host its quarterly Veterans Job Fair on Wednesday, October 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on campus at 3050 E. Flamingo Road. Attendees are encouraged to wear business professional attire and bring multiple copies of their resume.

Vegas PBS’ Veterans Coffee and Conversations is sponsored by Starbucks. Any Las Vegas veterans interested in participating in a Veterans Coffee and Conversation discussion may register online, or contact Summer Collins at 702.799.1010 x5363 or scollins@VegasPBS.org for more information.

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Jennifer Bradley

Shauna Lemieux

jenniferbradley@cox.net

slemieux@VegasPBS.org

702.234.9385

702.799.1010 x5352

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Contact Information:

Shauna Lemieux
Communications & Promotion
Vegas PBS
3050 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas NV 89121
702-799-1010 ext. 5352
slemieux@vegaspbs.org