Veterans in Schools
Project VetCare sponsored the program, which involved 52 classes from two high schools, a total of more than 1,000 local students. We had twp veterans in each class spend about seven minutes talking about their personal experiences in the military and fielding student's questions. Some teachers guided stduents' questions by giving them assignments ahead of time, such as discovering how modern day battles differ from those of the Civil War era they have been studying. Students were free to ask questions on any topic, including recent new events such as drone strikes and collateral damage, as well as sensitive questions such as "Did you ever kill anyone?" and "What were your best and worst experiences during your service?"
Julia Stevenson of Hanover and Andrew Gamble of Hanover were primary coordinators with Project VetCare and the schools. The entire program included over 70 Veteran volunteers from Hanover, Lebanon, Enfield, as well as undergraduate and graduate students from Dartmouth.
The Veterans in High Schools Program began last year, when volunteers visited forty classes at Hanover High. The visit was so well received that plans were made to repeat the program at Hanover this year and also expand it to include Lebanon High. Robert Chambers, co-founder and Board Chair of Project VetCare, says the veterans enjoy connecting across the generations, and the students' keen interest provides them with a rare and valuable connection to what is happening in our military today.