Open to Public
The Education of Corporal John Musgrave Book Event
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Wed, Apr 13.2022
This special collaboration between Theater of War Productions and Disabled American Veterans will present live readings from The Education of Corporal John Musgrave, a searing new memoir about the Vietnam War and its aftermath, as a catalyst for a powerful, intergenerational discussion about the cost of war and the challenges of healing wounds, both visible and invisible.
About the Author
John Musgrave served in Vietnam for eleven months and seventeen days in both the First and Third Marine Divisions before being permanently disabled by his third wound. He was medically retired as a corporal in 1969. He is the recipient of two Purple Hearts and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. In addition to speaking publicly about his war experiences, and working with younger veterans to help them reintegrate and heal, Musgrave is the author of the collection Notes to the Man Who Shot Me: Vietnam War Poems (Coal City Review).
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