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Posted by Lindsay Harrop at 3:05PM
The Veterans Book Project

Blog posting written by Lindsay Harrop, Cinema & Photography '13, FLEFF Intern, McMinnville, Oregon

I just got out of the Monica Haller Check-In Reading in Park 220 and have to say that it was amazing. Monica was sharing The Veterans Book Project, a library of books archiving the experiences of individuals with the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Monica works with people who have directly experienced these wars. The books are the creations of soldiers, veterans, officials and Iraqis - filled with their photos and words reflecting on their experiences.

 The session began with a Q&A from the audience with Monica and then transitioned to a reading. Each book is titled "Objects for Deployment." They are meant to be shared. So we each took a book and spent a while reading them. During a reflection afterward, one participant remarked on the private experience of reading a book in this kind of intimate setting. I definitely agreed. Reading the stories of the soldiers and other participants in these conflicts was an intimate experience that everyone present shared. In that way we really captured what the Veterans Book Project is all about - bringing people's intimate experiences to a wider group.

This is an amazing project and it isn't restricted to FLEFF. Anyone can check it out and participant on their own level. I for one plan to share the Veterans Book Project with people from home and encourage you to do the same! You can buy individual books and learn more about the project by clicking HERE.

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