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What is Veterans Voices?
"Veterans Voices" is a program begun by the Gail Borden Public Library in 2017 which places veterans in schools near Veterans Day to speak to students.

What is the purpose of Veterans Voices?
Veterans Voices is designed to help students better understand Veterans Day by listening to veterans talk about the meaning of the day. Who better to hear that from than veterans?

Do I have to be an experienced speaker to participate?
No. Veterans who have been part of the program before will help you prepare.

Your experience may be as simple as sitting down at a table and having a conversation with a small group of students. A teacher will help your conversation.

If you wanted to, you could just go along and listen to someone else speak.

There was nothing special about my time in the military. How could I help?
If you feel it is important for young people to understand what Veterans Day is about, you are a perfect fit. This is not so much about you, but what veterans have done for our country.

What do I do next?
Tell us you're interested, and we'll invite you to an orientation session to learn more. If you decide to not continue, you may pass and that's fine too.

Orientations are Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 19 at 1 p.m. in the Elgin Room of the Main Library. You only need to attend one orientation.

Provide your full name, address and telephone and e-mail address (if you have one). We’ll invite you to an orientation to learn more.

Please note that fields marked with an * are required in order to submit the form.

You will get a Confirmation Email showing what you submitted.

For more information about Veterans Voices, contact Tish Calhamer of the Gail Borden Public Library at 847-289-5838 or e-mail her at