In addition to the Sparks discussion Program, DJD Foundation is excited to present Duty: War's Impact on Women in Fallon Nevada! November 2 1-5 PM and Nov. 3 12-2 PM. American Legion Post #16 hosts this event at 90 Ada Street in Fallon. This event is open to all, appropriate for mature audiences. You are encouraged to attend both days. DJD Foundation is offering a commemorative gift for all who complete both days. Register for Fallon's Duty: War's Impact on Women here.
DJD Foundation is a proud awardee of National Endowment for the Humanities "Dialogues on Experience of War" grant program #nehgrants. We have used this opportunity to develop a community discussion program for Nevada communities that will address a range of topics including military service, experiences with war and physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual impacts on women, individuals, families and communities. Duty: War's Impact on Women is designed to encourage diverse voices and opinions from everyone, veterans, their family members, close friends and community members regarding issues veterans face as they return to civilian life, and conversely, issues military families, friends and communities face as they embrace reintegrating veterans.
The Legend of 1000 Combat Paper Cranes is derived from the Japanese legend of 1000 origami cranes: whosoever folds 1000 cranes experiences answer to prayer. Participate in the construction of 1000 origami combat paper cranes; combat paper is hand made paper, made from military uniforms.This meaningful activity will result public art that honors and commemorates experience with war and military service. Paired with Duty: War's Impact on Women, The Legend of 1000 Combat Paper Cranes offers a constructive and symbolic activity to complement the outcomes of the Dialogue on the Experience with War discussion program.
Trained discussion facilitators will lead question-based conversations to stimulate critical thinking and to draw out ideas and underlying presuppositions, using selected literature and humanities resources to initiate and guide discussions surrounding the theme of duty, homecoming, and reintegration. The selected literature includes Shadow Shapes, Journal of a Wounded Woman, by Elizabeth Shepley-Sergeant and I Am Still Standing-From Captive US Soldier to Free Citizen, My Journey Home, by Shoshana Johnson and Socrates Café, by Christopher Phillips.
Meet the Facilitators for the Fallon Event:
Julie King currently lives in Fallon, Nevada. She served in the army, 1974-78. Julie taught college English and Core Humanities for nearly 3 decades. She participated in the Nevada Humanities Speakers on the Road Program for 2 years. In 2014, she joined the Northern NV Veterans Writing Group, a collaboration between Reno Vet Center and David J. Drakulich Foundation. She is passionate about Duty: War’s Impact on Women because through dialogue, ideas come to light and create action. Her concern is the disconnect between the civilian world and the people who serve. She believes that a better understanding of what it means to serve your country in the military and in times of war will help to foster better reintegration of soldiers into the world they have risked their lives to protect. She looks forward to highlighting women’s service and war’s impact on communities.
Dr. Noel Lipana, Doctor of Social Work, currently lives in Folsom, California with his wife, currently serving, and two young children. Dr. Lipana served 20 years between Active Duty and the National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan, 2007-2008. He received the Homewood Mental Health Treatment Award for Best Presentation, focused on improving and innovating clinical mental health practice at the Canadian Institute for Veteran Health Research. Dr. Lipana has testified before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs on barriers to transition. He hopes to develop public discourse about the current civilian-military divide, the costs of war, and to help bring awareness to the moral costs of combat through the Duty: War’s Impact on Women discussion program.
Tina Drakulich is a founding member of DJD Foundation.