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Teens Listen Students Interview Local Veterans

Teens Listen Students Interview Local Veterans

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation and Veterans Council of IRC have partnered to bring an extraordinary opportunity to students in the county. On November 18, 44 students at Sebastian River High School spent the afternoon in teams interviewing local veterans. 

Before the interviews, students did research so that they could learn more about military service, conflicts, historical context, and more. On the day of the interviews six local veterans traveled to the school to be interviewed. Students were able to record these oral histories, and they will be documenting the experience through written reflections that will be published in the coming year. 

This was an exciting experience for all involved and it showed the power of collaboration as students, teachers, administrators, and two nonprofit organizations came together to build intergenerational connections and shared perspectives about history and the contributions of our men and women serving in the military. Thanks go to USAF Colonel Carlos Halcomb (Ret), USA Lieutenant Colonel Carroll Oates (Ret), USA Staff Sergeant Pete Peterson, USAF Staff Sergeant Michelle Rispoli, USMC Sergeant Rob Ryan, and USMC Sergeant 1st Class Sylvester McIntosh for taking time out of their busy lives to continue to serve by working with our students. 

The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is dedicated to preserving the author’s home and nurturing local writers through a series of literary offerings including writers groups, summer camps, workshops and poetry festivals.

The Veterans Council of IRC mission is to support all Indian River County veterans and their families while raising awareness of veteran needs and their contributions to society.

Visit and for more information about these important local organizations who give so much back to our community.


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