In partnership with the Great Books Foundation, Standing Down is an anthology that includes 44 selections, from William Shakespeare to personal accounts of the war in Iraq. The volume includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, and memoirs, all powerful works of literature that give voice to many of the authors’ own experiences of military service. Learn more about Standing Down, here.
In recognition of the fact that less than 1 percent of the U.S. population engages in military service, and that as a result veterans often struggle to find their military experiences understood by the public at large, the Standing Down reading and discussion program is specifically designed to give veterans the space to speak authentically about both their service and transition back to civilian life. Family members as well as all others interested in reflecting on the experiences of those who have served are encouraged to participate. Any non-profit tax-exempt organization in Florida is eligible to apply to host a program.