Excelsior College held a student veteran event to highlight a new book, “See Me For Who I Am: Student Veterans’ Stories of War and Coming Home,” on March 21.
Written for both veterans and civilians, “See Me for Who I Am” illustrates service members’ shared experiences, explains the fulfillment of combat, and describes what going to war really entails. The contributions by the student/veterans challenge stereotypes and help to create dimensionality beyond news headlines of veterans as “heroes” or “monsters.”
Guests to the event included Tammi Lambert, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs in Washington DC, and Victoria Pridemore, vice chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs, who offered introductory remarks and Darren Phelps, vice president for outreach at the Student Veterans of America. David Chrisinger, a veteran communication specialist and editor of “See Me for Who I Am,” lead a discussion of the book and signed copies.