Given the overwhelming interest, I’m changing the focus of my June 30 town hall with Joe Sestak to a discussion of immigration and family separation. Same time and place, and we’ll join the nationwide June 30 march immediately following the town hall. More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/242337226518569/.
One in ten adults in our district is a military veteran. We owe an enormous debt to these men and women who have served this country, and if we have any hope of repaying it, we can’t be satisfied with platitudes and parades. We need to engage with the veterans in our communities, understand the challenges they face in civilian life, and find out how we can help. At the end of June, I’m holding a Veterans’ Town Hall to do exactly that. The Town Hall will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 4p to 5:30p at the Centre County/Penn State Visitor Center, 800 E. Park Ave, State College, PA 16803. This idea was inspired by the project started by war photographer Sebastian Junger (http://www.sebastianjunger.com/vets-town-hall/) and carried forward by U.S. Congressman and Marine veteran Seth Moulton of Massachusetts. This isn’t an excuse to campaign for elected office; you won’t hear me speak. One ironclad rule of this town hall is that only veterans may hold the microphone. I didn’t serve in the military, but I have the utmost respect for those who did, and I want to learn how I can better serve those who served our country. This is an opportunity for the veterans in our communities to share, unscripted, their experiences and perspectives on the issues that matter most to them. Just as importantly, it’s an opportunity for those of us who didn’t serve to show up, listen, and learn. If you’re a veteran, please consider attending and taking a turn at the podium, for however long you’d like. I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be joined by Vice Admiral Joseph Sestak, who served for more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy before serving as the representative in Congress for Pennsylvania’s 7th District from 2007 to 2011. Vice Admiral Sestak was the highest-ranking military official ever elected to Congress at the time of his election. If anyone understands the meaning of public service, it’s him, and I’m honored to have him joining us for this event. This event promises to be an engaging, informative, and compelling look into the lives of our friends and neighbors who have given so much on our behalf. Please join us if you’re able.