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'How-To-Talk-With-A-Veteran' event to feature discussion, art

The event will give veterans a platform to talk about different aspects of military life

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The masks designed by local veterans depict personal experiences of trauma and recovery. Chris Flynn / The Forun

MOORHEAD — The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is partnering with Fargo Veterans Affairs to present a discussion panel and art exhibition Dec. 7 as an outlet for the community to talk with local veterans.

Called "How-To-Talk-With-A-Veteran," the panel will be moderated by Margo Norton of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and speakers will talk about different aspects of military life. The discussion will also allow members of the community to ask local veterans questions.

The event is free, and will be located at the Hjemkomst Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. Live recordings will be posted to social media and virtual attendees can ask questions via Facebook.

The event will be held in conjunction with the exhibition Warriors of the North: Healing Through Art, which features paintings from an anonymous veteran artist, a photo exhibition from veteran Joshua Zeis, a collection of masks painted by veterans and service members from the Fargo Veterans Affairs Hospital.

The mask program was originally developed by the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for soldiers returning home with Post Traumatic Stress and traumatic brain injury. The art exhibition will be on display at the Hjemkomst Center through Sunday, March 6, 2022.

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The panel discussion and art exhibition is made possible through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the FM Area Foundation, the Alex Stern Family Foundation, The Arts Partnership, and other area sponsors.

Veterans interested in taking part in future events can call Norton at 701-239-3700 ext. 3150 or email her at margo.norton@va.org.

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