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Talking Service

Talking Service is part of a national initiative of the Great Books Foundation and state humanities councils to offer veterans the opportunity to reflect on their service and talk openly about their challenges, the transition to civilian life, 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 donates copies of Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian to state humanities councils to give to veterans participating in the program.  Each piece of literature, written by authors from Homer to Hemingway, is a jumping off point for vets to reflect on their own experiences in the military and returning home.


Reading and Discussion Groups in Michigan

Benjamin Busch, light B&W, Dust to Dust - Photo credit - Richard Mallory AllnuttBenjamin Busch, a former United States Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq, writer, filmmaker, photographer, and actor has facilitated our groups during the first rounds of Talking Service.

Interested in hosting Talking Service discussions in your area? Contact our office for more information (

Learn more about the Talking Service program in this Blog from Dr. William Emerson, III is the Veterans Affairs Coordinator at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.