Veterans and Community Discuss the Impact of War

Mount Saint Mary College will host Stories We Carry: Conversations that Create Community, on Tuesday, September 30, from 5 pm until 8 pm in the college’s Dominican Center, Room 218. The program is free and open to the general public and veterans, who can register online at

The event, sponsored by the college in partnership with the Mental Health Association of New York City, provides a safe, judgment-free space for students, civilians, veterans, their families, and the community to participate in moderated conversations about the impact of war on all citizens.

The event will be interactive and relaxed, with song performances, and therapeutic arts used as tools to draw out experiences about the issues of war.

“The opportunity to share our stories with each other is both healing and an awakening,” said Gallina. “The Mount has played a strong role with veterans for over 40 years. This event furthers our connection and ability to be of service.”

Tens of thousands of active duty military personnel are returning from war and reintegrating into civilian and family life. Many seek opportunities to further their education or employment. Student veterans’ skills and life experiences add distinctive value to the college classroom.

With programs like Stories We Carry, students, both veteran and civilian, can share experiences about war in a united effort to support reintegration through expression.

Prospective attendees can register online at

For more information on the event, please contact Lisa Gallina at

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