Human cost of war topic of library discussion May 22

What does it mean to veterans, their families, and our society as we approach 20 years of fighting in areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq? To address this question, the Allen County Public Library will host “America at War: The Human and Social Costs of Two Decades of Fighting.”

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 7 p.m. in the Main Library Theater. Local journalist Dan Stockman will moderate a conversation with journalist and veteran Brian Mockenhaupt and local suicide prevention expert Colleen Carpenter.

Mockenhaupt is a Fort Wayne native, journalist and a veteran, having served two tours in Iraq with the infantry of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. As a journalist, he was embedded twice with troops in Afghanistan. He is a contributing editor at Outside, Esquire and Reader’s Digest; the nonfiction editor of The Journal of Military Experience; and a regular contributor to The Atlantic. His work has also appeared in The Smithsonian and Backpacker.

He received the 2009 Alicia Patterson Fellowship for a series called “The Physical and Psychological Effects of War on the Brain,” and the 2013 Michael Kelly Award for “The Living and the Dead.” He was also the screenwriter for the 2012 film “High Ground,” praised by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and NPR.

Carpenter is the facilitator of STOP Suicide Northeast Indiana and is helping to implement Sources of Strength in schools throughout the region with a grant from The Lutheran Foundation & the Indiana Division of Mental Health & Addiction. Her mission is to help organizations and communities tighten their safety nets so that people who are struggling with suicide and mental health issues are identified and helped. She has won local and national awards for her work in suicide prevention.

Stockman has been a journalist for almost 24 years, the first 19 of that at daily newspapers across the Midwest and more recently at a national publication covering the Catholic Church. He is also an adjunct instructor at Indiana Tech and the University of Saint Francis.

The event is open to the public. Parking is free with an ACPL library card. For more information, call (260) 421-1200 or visit www.acpl.info.