Serving: Standing Down

Serving: Standing Down is a new 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. Learn about the first four programs in New York State here.

Any tax-exempt organization in New York State can apply to host Serving: Standing Down. Veteran-Serving Organizations (VSOs) are preferred. Non-VSOs, such as libraries, community centers, or religious organizations may also apply to host the program, but must be able to demonstrate in their application how they plan to gather a group of 12-15 veterans to take part in the program.

Applications now open. 

Contact Program Officer Adam Capitanio (212-233-1131 / email)


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Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian edited by Don Whitfield

This new anthology includes 44 selections, from Homer's Iliad to personal accounts of members of the service who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The volume includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs that speak to past and experiences, concerns, and aspirations of those who have served in the military and made the often- difficult transition back into civilian life.  A full table of contents can be viewed here.

Sample Syllabus

PDF icon Sample Syllabus: Monroe Community College


Special Partners

This series has been developed in partnership with The Great Books Foundation and is part of GBF's Talking Service initiative. Talking Service and Serving: Standing Down are supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War initiative.

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