Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Got Your 6 Storytellers

by Megan Daley, Communications Intern

Veterans have so much to teach us, about loyalty, respect, honor, duty. The freedoms we take for granted every day: from planting our feet firmly on the ground as we begin our day to enjoying that first sip of morning coffee. Active members of the military, as well as veterans, ensure our little moments of freedom. All they need us to do is listen.

The “Got Your 6” campaign hosted a Storytellers event, a sort of “TED Talks” in partnership with NPR’s StoryCorps in New York City. One of the speakers of the event was Eli Williamson, Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s director of the Veterans Program. The event brought together 10 veterans to tell their stories, hoping to start a conversation and empower veterans.


The veterans featured in the talkback were from all different walks of life, including a musician, entrepreneur and civic leader. But, all of those who spoke had a military background and were now thriving in their chosen fields. John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, attended the event. The talks, including Eli’s discussion, were released to the public in association with partners like MTV and HBO. MTV also featured a documentary that followed four post-9/11 veterans on Veterans Day, November 11.

Here is the link to watch Eli’s discussion, “Can you see the existential threats?” as well as seven other videos recorded for the “Got Your 6 Storytellers” event this year.


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