MONTGOMERY - Troy University will launch a new initiative on Aug. 25, designed to help Montgomery area veterans and their families address issues unique to military service.
Sponsored by Troy University and supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the 11-week reading and discussion program will take place at the Montgomery Campus each Thursday from Aug. 25 - Nov. 3, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The discussions will take place in room 109 of Bartlett Hall.
The program will explore topics such as the difficulties of returning home after deployment and issues related to post-traumatic stress disorder, focusing attention on four books -- "Horse Soldiers," "Evil Hours," "The Odyssey," and "Odysseus in America." All books and dictionaries are free to participants.
"As a veteran of the Vietnam War, I have long thought about America's wars and the American war experience," said Dr. Harold Kaylor, professor of English who will lead the discussions. "After many years of reading, and years of talks with veterans and non-veterans, I could see value in delivering a program for veterans in which free-discussion of Veterans' concerns can take place, centered on some texts relevant to the Veterans' experience. The program is provided in a two-semester sequence: Fall 2016 dealing with ‘Coming Back from War,' and Spring 2017 dealing with the combat experience. I plan to learn more from the participants than I could possibly convey myself."
The reading initiative program is representative of the University's commitment to serving the military, said Danielle C. Pan key, director of the TROY for Troops Center and a captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.
"Dr. Kaylor's Veterans Reading Initiative plays an important role in fostering camaraderie, reducing feelings of isolation and providing a safe context in which to explore issues regarding military service," Pankey said. "This program is a direct example of TROY's commitment to serve our veteran community and is in line with the TROY for Troops Centers' mission to move beyond military friendly to military successful. We are honored to play a part in facilitating this program."
Those wishing to learn more or register for the program should contact the TROY for Troops Center at Troy University Montgomery at 334-241-5924.