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Standing Down is a reading and discussion program for veterans, providing a space for them to reflect on their service as well as the challenges and opportunities of transitioning from active duty to civilian life. In the program, veterans read and discuss a series of thematically related works of literature over the course of four sessions. At each discussion session, they come together with other veterans and are led by a local facilitator. All readings are selected from the Great Books Foundation’s anthology, Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian. The anthology is the centerpiece for the series of reading discussions. It features works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, journalism, public documents, and memoirs. Excerpts range from Shakespeare and George Washington to Ernest Hemingway, Margaret Atwood, and Tim O'Brien.

Seeking to understand
who we are,
who we were
and who we aspire to be.

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