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Debt of Honor: A History of Disabled Veterans in America
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Ric Burns, Charles Marmar, J.R. Martinez, James Wright
Mon, November 9th, 2015 |
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

This event is sold out. 



6–7 pm: Registration and Reception
7-9:30 pm: Screening of Debt of Honor and discussion

The return home from military service should be an honored occasion, but the unfortunate truth is that many American veterans return home without recognition, crippled by depression and disability. Celebrated filmmaker Ric Burns, joined by special guests, returns for the exclusive premiere and discussion of his new documentary that exposes the history and painful truth of our nation’s veterans.

This program is FREE. Advanced reservation is required to guarantee seating. Those with tickets are welcome to join us for a pre-program reception from 6-7 pm.

Ric Burns, founder of Steeplechase Films, is an internationally recognized documentary filmmaker and writer, best known for his critically-acclaimed, eight-part series, New York: A Documentary Film. He is the co-producer of Debt of Honor: A History of Disabled Veterans in America. Charles Marmar, internationally renowned for his expertise in PTSD, is Lucius N. Littauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center and Director of its Steven and Alexandra Cohen Veterans Center and Military Family Clinic. Jose Rene “J.R.” Martinez is an actor, author, motivational speaker, and retired U.S. Army soldier. He was the season 13 champion on Dancing with the Stars and also serves as a spokesperson for various organizations, including Operation Finally Home and Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. James Wright, a historian, former Marine, and President Emeritus of Dartmouth College, worked with the American Council on Education to create an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans, which has served several hundred injured veterans since 2007. Moderator to be announced.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin distributing tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

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