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Oct. 28: Air Force Veteran, Writer to Discuss Importance of Veterans Sharing their Stories

J.A. Moad II to speak on campus for event held in recognition of Minnesota's Veterans' Voices Month.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-20-2015

Mankato, Minn. – In recognition of Minnesota’s Veterans’ Voices Month (the entire month of October), Air Force veteran and writer J.A. Moad II will visit Minnesota State University, Mankato, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, to speak about the importance of encouraging veterans to share their stories as a way to bridge the military-civilian divide.

The event will be held in Nelson Hall 3 (lower level). Free parking is available after 6:30 p.m. in purple and gold lots. The event is free and open to the public thanks to a grant from the Nadine B. Andreas Foundation.

In a country where less than one percent of the citizens have served, Veterans’ Voices Month provides opportunities to hear the stories of veterans and the stories of individuals who’ve been touched by war and conflict. Veterans’ stories provide perspective on the repercussions war has on both individuals and society, offering key insights and reflections.

Moad will also be speaking at noon Thursday, Oct. 29, at South Central College in Conference Room B.

For more information about the events, please contact Rachael Hanel, assistant professor of mass media at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-1247 or by email at

Moad’s presentation is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Mass Media, Veterans Club and Veterans Resource Center. The Department of Mass Media is part of the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State Mankato.

J. A. Moad II is a former Air Force C-130 pilot and English professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He currently serves as the fiction editor and blogger for the international journal, War, Literature, and the Arts. According to his blog, Moad is a veteran advocate, educator, writer and performer whose fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of the 2014 Consequence Magazine Fiction Award, and is currently editing a draft of a novel about an American military in a not too-distant future. In addition to writing, he has performed in “The Telling Project” at the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project and at the Guthrie Theater and will be performing in the Twin Cities next spring in a production of “Outside Paducah - the Wars at Home.” He lives in Northfield, Minn., and flies for Delta Airlines.

Minnesota is the first state to designate an entire month honoring veterans. Gov. Mark Dayton signed Veterans’ Voices Month into law on May 16, 2014. This law honors and celebrates the accomplishments of Minnesota veterans and educates all Minnesotans by sharing and studying veterans’ experiences. Minnesota veterans are encouraged to share their stories through art, essays and poetry in an effort to assist the public in understanding this unique military culture.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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