Today the United States is fighting a war in Afghanistan and after seven years, Operation Iraqi Freedom has come to an end.  The last combat troops have left Iraq and are returning to their families and communities, and a record number of veterans are moving from the battlefield to the classroom.

To give an idea of the cost of war The Brookings Institute’s Iraq Index data shows that over 5,000 American service members, with over half of the casualties under the age of 25, have lost their lives.  Over 30,000 service members have been wounded and 30% develop serious mental health problems within three to four months of returning home.

The FACES OF WAR Talent are service members or their loved ones who have served our country during times of war. The event is unique because it provides a personal and candid look at how war affects our generation. FACES OF WAR is providing valuable and meaningful information on the realities of those who have bravely served.

FACES OF WAR includes an informative conversation on the facts and figures pertaining to specific issues within the war, the speaker sharing their powerful story and always time for questions and answers.The event includes a MOMENT OF GRATITUDE which provides the opportunity to share messages of thanks, support and love to veterans, including those who did not come home.

Hope’s Voice provides the GET CONNECTED handout, GET FEEDBACK survey and a glossy electronic promotional kit. The kit is a fantastic tool to promote the event and bring awareness to the campus and community.

Hope’s Voice offers the opportunity to book the VOICES OF VETERANS workshop with the FACES OF WAR.  The workshop is a powerful tool for campuses that are committed to engaging and supporting current and future student veterans.

FACES OF WAR is encouraging young people, regardless of their political views, to put aside their differences and come together to be educated and inspired.

MEET THE TALENT
JENNIFER CRANE

Growing up, Jennifer was your average happy-go-lucky kid.  Carefree and strong willed from a very young age, Jennifer was sure she would leave her mark on the world.  Jennifer’s parents divorced before she was a teenager and her life changed dramatically.  She went down a path of self destruction during high school and chose to date those who showed her little dignity or respect.

RYAN CONKLIN

Ryan can best be described as your average all-American young man. Born in Michigan, he moved with his family at age 11 to the historic and equally small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Surrounded by marble reminders of America’s most pivotal battle during the Civil War, it was impossible to not be exposed to patriotic tales and lessons of the American fighting spirit.

TARYN DAVIS

Growing up, Taryn wanted a passion for something that drove her to be a better person.  She wanted a soul mate to share her life with and contentment in the road ahead.


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