Hear veterans share their stories at Telling: Pensacola

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source Telling: Pensacola comes to UWF this week to tell the war stories of six veterans in the form of theatrical recreations.

The veterans, led by their production director Lisa Powers, will recreate some of their most astounding memories from service in the armed forces.

“We want to bridge the gap between the civilian population and the veterans,” Powers said. “When they come back from service, they are so out of touch with the rest of the world, and through this program we try to create understanding.”

The first performance will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Mainstage Theatre for the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The second showing will be at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Pensacola Little Theatre. After each performance, audience members will be able to participate in a moderated discussion with the veterans.

Six veterans were interviewed and selected by a committee to tell their stories, three of whom are affiliates of the university: students Debra Russell and Timothy Jones, and faculty member Scott Satterwhite.

Russell served 13 years in the Navy and suffered both sexual and physical trauma. Jones, a communication arts senior, served in the Navy, recently participated in a 203-mile walk for homeless veterans and has become a motivational speaker. Satterwhite, an English instructor, served nine years as a hospital corpsman in the Navy from 1990 to 1999.

The remaining three veterans are from other branches of the service. Elliot James Smith served two years in the Army and lost his right leg below the knee after being run over by a heavy equipment truck during checkpoint duty. Patrick McCrary served six years in the Marine Corps after dropping out of high school in 1967 to serve in the Vietnam War. He was wounded in 1968 while in heavy combat. Tabitha Nichols served eight years in the Army National Guard and recently has begun modeling after being injured in a rocket-propelled grenade attack.

The event is part of the national watch Telling Project, which was founded in 2008 to promote communication between veterans and civilians. Pensacola is only the second city in Florida to host the generic drug name for viagra Telling Project, the first being Tampa in spring 2015.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on the event and the featured veterans, please visit the Florida Humanities watch Telling: Pensacola website.