The humanities play a vital role in helping us understand the human experience and our mutual obligations. The question of what we owe each other becomes particularly urgent when men and women serve in wartime.
Since 2001, more than two million Americans have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, many risking everything in serving their country. Yet, as members of an all-volunteer service corps, they represent less than 1 percent of the U.S. population –- and their military experience is not always understood by the public at large.
To help deepen our understanding of military experience and assist veterans as they return to civilian life, the National Endowment for the Humanities recently launched a multiyear special initiative, Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War.
Our work at the Florida Humanities Council includes:
See news coverage of our Florida veterans’ programs, here.
Watch our one-hour documentary, “Veterans – The Telling Project,” chronicling Florida veterans as they learned how to tell their stories on stage.