Serving: 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. 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. Humanities New York provides two copies of the book for the host site to keep.
Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian
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.
To host this Reading & Discussion program, please review the application guidelines, and follow the link to our online application.