By: Virginia Volkman
For: Red Rock News
Date: November 27, 2015
Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History
Verde Valley Libraries are collaborating to kick off the first in a series
of community conversations with Let’s Talk in December.
A screening of the Ric Burns film, Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans
in American History will be followed by a moderated public dialogue
and Question & Answer period.
Join your librarians on Friday, December 4 at the Cottonwood Recreation
Center from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. or on Monday, December 7 at Sedona Public
Library at 10:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. to view the film, participate
in the community discussion and sample the variety of resources available
to veterans in the Verde Valley.
Each program starts with an informal Coffee with a Vet meet & greet
and light snacks. Resource tables will include information about Yavapai
College Veterans Education & Transition Services, Cottonwood Vetraplex,
American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veterans Administration,
the Veterans History Project and more. Veterans and family members will
be able to learn about services available in the Verde Valley.
Debt of Honor examines the way in which the American government
and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history,
beginning with the Revolutionary War and moving forward to include the current
conflicts in the Middle East. Discussion following the film will be led
by an Arizona Humanities scholar.
The kick-off Let’s Talk program is made possible
by Arizona Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership
with Verde Valley Libraries: Camp Verde Community Library, Cottonwood Library,
Sedona Public Library and Yavapai College Verde Campus Library. Admission
and participation is free, but donations of non-perishable food items to
benefit local food banks are appreciated.
Let’s Talk is the brainchild of Verde Valley Librarians
collaborating to bring a series of facilitated community discussions to
regional topics of interest. Through community discussion, understanding
may be reached and solutions initiated.
One of the resources that we discovered and would like to help publicize
is a service provided by VFW Post 7400. At the Cottonwood post,
a Service Officer is available to assist veterans and their survivors on
Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. In Sedona, a Service Officer is
available on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Development
Building in the Sedona City Hall Complex. Veterans are helped in filing
claims to obtain their rightful benefits from the federal and state governments.
hope to see you at one of the three opportunities available to
screen the film and join a discussion afterwards. The Cottonwood Area Transit
(CAT) will allow veterans to ride to and from the event for free.
Sedona Public Library is located at 3250 White Bear Road in West
Sedona. Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public Library in the Village is located at Bell Rock Plaza, Suite
51 A. Library hours in the Village are Tuesday through Friday
from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You may call the main Library at 928.282.7714 and SPL-V at
928.284.1603 for more information about exhibits and services
that we offer.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is
also presented on Sedona
Virginia Volkman is Library Director of the Sedona Public