The Kern County Library has received a $15,000 grant from Cal Humanities to participate in CA Reads: Our Veterans, Our Communities, veterans-themed conversations this fall. This month, the library will join area veteran organizations, support groups, and clubs to create programs, events, and discussions around the issues veterans face returning to their communities from fields of combat, past and present for Kern County: Our Veterans, Our Communities.

The book "What It Is Like to Go to War," by Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes will be the jumping off point for discussing the many issues soldiers and veterans face.

In Kern, veterans' issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, physical and psychological rehabilitation, homelessness, employment and more will be explored through this program.

To get involved, contact project coordinator Kristie Coons at 325-9584 or via email at

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