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March 23, 2010

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March 23, 2010

This project began a series of good things that continues to echo and multiply far beyond the play itself---effects that reach as far inside as out. Psyches are permanently modified by the Telling. Anyone who has the capacity for compassionate insight will be a quantum leap ahead in understanding far more than just the military or combat experience. This is a microscope, and fisheye lens into aspects of life that far too many never allow themselves to glimpse. Those who do see, really see, what the Telling evokes are wiser to a degree far beyond the energy they invest. This is not to say it is easy. Being in the play was devastating for me, took me back to feelings long buried, and it was as though they were ripped from my psyche with pliers. Others saw them though, and the response has been overwhelmingly Good. It is terrible irony that in this time of unprecedented capability for communication, young people are being sent off to war by the hundred-thousands without any real concept in their minds, or the minds of the population who underwrite their military experience, what the hell they are getting into and what it portends for the rest of their lives. The commonly accepted figure at present is that we spend $1,000,000 per average soldier per year to keep them in Iraq and Afghanistan. But when they return, almost certainly wounded with PTSD if not physically, they are cut loose and have to fight disgusting, protracted bureaucratic infights for years, for the government to oh-so-reluctantly surrender any benefits. It is the continuing curse of the Vietnam war, it projects into the future of the young women and men who serve now. It is a cancer on our society, bringing conflict home to visit our families and our social fabric. The Telling Project provides an extremely effective way for us to continue to serve our country and our fellow citizens. It should be required for every one of us.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Unlike when I volunteered for Vietnam, I was more or less drafted for Telling. Wrenching experience, more profound than I bargained for, and I'd do it again in a minute.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Serving a noble cause again, with some of the finest young women and men I have ever known.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, growing, learning, reaching deep, deep inside and sharing with heroism. All of them. Wasn't always easy, but everyone made it with aplomb.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide CRUCIAL insight for much of our population, here and abroad, into what what war really is and what it does to all of us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 13, 2010

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March 13, 2010

I have been lucky enough to be a performer and project director for the first Production in Eugene, OR. I have also performed for the NASPA conference in Seattle, Washington and the Service Nation Mission Serve event in Washington D.C. I'm currently the Program Director for the Starkville, MS Telling Production and just recently spoke as a presenter at the Northwest Network Conference at Portland State University. My experience with the Telling Project has been a positive one. I have seen veterans and dependents grow as leaders and seen first hand civilians reevaluate their views on the military, veterans, and the current conflicts. As a Director for a student veterans organization I wanted a Project that gathered veterans together to share their experiences, challenge and provide the community to listen and gain new perspectives, address the generalizations that are bestowed on veterans, gather veterans from multiple campaigns to hear each others stories, and assist in the fight of PTSD and reintegration of our veterans. The Telling Project does all of these things in an innovative way; and I can't thank the Telling Project enough for taking the initiative to encourage veterans to share their stories to the community.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the creation of long lasting friendships and networking between veterans of multiple generations and challenging civilians to look at veterans as individuals and not one generalization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, innovative, and supportive leaders. These men and women gave up so much time and effort to make a successful production. They are very flexible to adjust to our schedules and understand the chaos of everyday life.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

not only be sustainable but allow us to achieve our 50 state initiative goal, by having multiple Telling Production in every state. Encourage and fund veterans to join the Telling Project team. Create an interactive website that networked veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 10, 2010

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March 10, 2010

I have had the honor, through The Telling Project, as a civilian and a writer, to have had the opportunity to work with veterans. It has been a life-changing experience. The stories told to me, the sincerity of their will to serve, the dignity with which veterans carry their experiences with them, has been an example to me. In turn, to have seen veterans and veteran organizations affiliated with the Project flourish in their personal and professional capacity has been one of the great experiences of my life. This project, I truly believe, makes a difference to everyone it touches. I am very thankful to be a part of it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the emotional sincerity with which veterans tell their stories and in observing, taking part in, the embrace of civilian audiences.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fund it. The project currently works on a volunteer basis, which does not allow the continuity of personnel required to build a viable infrastructure.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning to listen, meeting people of great quality and with incredible service ethic.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

driven, capable, gifted, kind, sensitive, generous, strong, dignified, pragmatic, talented, brave.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put on Telling Productions in every state of the United States, even, possibly, extending its ambit to veterans and people with stories to tell in other countries.

Ways to make it better...

the Project had proper funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding so that it can create a viable infrastructure with which to fulfill its mandate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 7, 2010

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March 7, 2010

I have watched the previous shows of "The Telling Project" and it has very much moved me. To hear different stories and different experiences was amazing and it made me appreciate the men and women who serve to protect our country more. I'm glad to be part of the Sacramento production to help spread the word about "The Telling Project". Not only is it great to help spread the word, i'm also making some great friends as well.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new people and making friends out of it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are GREAT! They're very friendly and helpful!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 5, 2010

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March 5, 2010

As a former performer and now involved with the Telling project,the project will be with me for the rest of my life in a good way it has helped me grow as a person. The Telling project is a comprehensive program that can actively help individuals that are veterans and are individuals that are not veterans. It is as it says it is giving people a chance to listen, a chance to speak and a chance to be involved.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Actively effect veterans affairs in a positive way. The Project given the funding will bring the discussion from how to fix a portion of society to how to integrate a highly motivated,talented and diverse group of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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