Telling our stories is the most powerful way we can change the world around us. Whether it's being brutally honest about veteran transition or being at risk for suicide--or sharing why we're dedicated to serving others--we prioritize storytelling as a key way for our members to get involved in the NYC Veterans Alliance.
Looking back on an impactful 2017, we were especially proud to have seven of our members--four veterans and three civilians--share their stories on stage at the historic Connelly Theater as part of the Speak Up, Rise Up Storytelling Festival. Take a look at the highlights of this fantastic evening:
NYC Veterans Alliance Member Showcase
Take a look at the full videos of each of our seven members who shared their stories on stage:
Donna Zephrine shares her story of challenge and growth with veterans' organizations:
Corey Ortega tells about his early days in political organizing:
Caitlin Graziano explains how she got involved as an AmeriCorps Vista:
Michael Thorne on finding humor in his service in the U.S. Navy:
Steven Behnke shares his adventures bringing music to elderly veterans:
James Fitzgerald on his journey from combat to a fuller openness about his life:
Elana Duffy on her post-combat adventures across the globe:
Special thanks to our storytelling coach, Richard Cardillo, who spent a Saturday listening and guiding our members to refine their stories for a theater audience. Thanks also to Asher Novek, Director of Speak Up, Rise Up, for his partnership and support in producing a truly inspirational evening!