Veteran Recognition and Military Author Programs

October 30, 2014

Heritage Hospice will sponsor a Veterans Honor and Recognition ceremony recognizing local veterans on Thursday, November 6th at 6:15 pm at the Library. Immediately following the ceremony, the Library will be hosting a program and book signing with military author Brad Jones at 6:30 pm in the Community Room. Jones is the author of Black Walls Turn Gray, a novel that brings to light some of the consequences of modern warfare and the struggles that veterans face in readjusting to civilian life. His program will include a discussion on current military issues overseas and coping with PTSD.

Brad Jones is a former captain and a Marine veteran of the Afghanistan War. Born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, he grew up in Salt Lick, a small town in northeast Kentucky. He holds a bachelor's degree from Morehead State University, an M.A. in political science from the University of Louisville, and an M.B.A from Sullivan University. Joining the service in October 2000, he served in the 1st Battalion 6th Marines and in the 6th Marine Regiment, and deployed to Okinawa, South Korea, Japan, Liberia, and, in 2004, to Afghanistan. Today, Brad Jones resides in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the father of a seven-year-old daughter. He is a member of a local Marine Corps League detachment and maintains his interest in the politics of war and diplomacy.

While Black Walls is a work of fiction, Jones draws upon some of his life experiences in developing the narrative. The story, which is set primarily in Kentucky and Afghanistan, includes arresting descriptions of their widely differing, but remarkably beautiful, rural landscapes. Nature is a voiceless but sometimes threatening character in the novel.

Both programs are free and open for all to attend.